Simba Global helped sponsor the 7th annual Race for Every Woman 5K at Barcroft Park on October 19, 2019. In addition to sponsoring the 5K, 50% of the proceeds were donated to Alpha Great Cancer Support Services. With roughly one in eight women developing breast cancer in their lifetime, the odds are good that nearly everyone is affected by this disease in some way. Whether it’s a personal diagnosis or that of a loved one, finding answers to your questions and a supportive community like ABCSS, who understand the experience can make all the difference. Take a look at these ways to help prevent and detect this common, yet very serious, disease
While risk factors like genetics and age cannot be avoided, you can take measures to lower your risk of breast cancer mainly by staying healthy.The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has several recommendations on how to do this. The CDC recommends maintaining ahealthy weight, exercising regularly, and discussing the risks of using oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy with your doctor. Breastfeeding your children if and when you have them, helps too.They advise drinking little to no alcohol, citing sources that indicate that the risk of breast cancer increases with alcohol consumption. Factors such as older age, dense breasts, genetic mutations, previous treatment using radiation therapy, and a family history of breast cancermay increase your risk of getting breast cancer, according to the CDC.
Many women are taught to look for new lumps or masses in their breast tissue but it's important to be aware of other abnormalities.Skin swelling or redness, change in breast shape, nipple discharge (other than breast milk), pain in or on the breast, and skin flaking or dimpling can be other possible warning signs of breast cancer, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. These signs are not a surefire indication of breast cancer, though, so be sure to see a doctor to discuss any new changes.
Some women are diagnosed with breast cancer after noticing symptoms, but many women with the diseasehave no symptoms at all. That's why it's vital to get regular mammograms.
The recommended age to start getting mammograms ranges from 40 to 50depending on who you ask.
While the suggested age varies, the National Cancer Institute has found that women aged 50 to 69 years who get screening mammogramshave a lower change of dying from breast cancer.
Wolfe, Elizabeth, and Brian Ries. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 3 Ways to Prevent and Detect the Deadly Disease.” CNN, Cable News Network, 2 Oct. 2019, www.cnn.com/2019/10/02/health/breast-cancer-awareness-month-trnd/index.html.