Friday, October 3, 2008

Breast Cancer - Know The Risk Factors

Breast Cancer cases are on the rise worldwide. We should be wary of the disease at all times but October is the month dedicated to Breast Cancer awareness. Two years back I lost a workmate to Breast Cancer and I got to see first hand the ravaging effects of the disease. This article is part to do my bit in raising awareness and part in her memory.

For breast cancer, early detection is key. 97% of women diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer have a chance of being cured. So ladies do the monthly breast examinations without fail. Take the girls for a thorough check up preferably every year. You never know when it could save your life. Men are not absolutely immune from Breast Cancer either although they’re much less likely to get it. For every 100 cases of breast cancer, less than one is in men.

There are things you can do to protect your self from Breast and indeed other cancers and diseases. But in some cases there’s just nothing much you can do. Know the risk factors and do your best. And some of the risk factors are:-

  • Having breasts
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Being obese
  • High dietary fat intake
  • Smoking
  • Having your first pregnancy after age 30
  • Aging – Risk increases with age.
  • Having had breast cancer before
  • Having your first period before the age of 12
  • Not having children
  • Having the Breast Cancer gene in the family
  • Chemicals in the environment
  • Previous chest radiation
  • Antiperspirant use – it has often been claimed that chemicals found in antiperspirants interfere with the lymphatic system, resulting in build up of toxins in the breast. However there little laboratory evidence to support this claim.

All the best ladies and gentlemen.

See also: Are We Eating Healthier Or Weirder


Taabu said...

Timely wake up call. BC is a nasty disease that leaves its victims so much raved before eventually killing them. The modern lifestyle is largely to blame but the good news is that if detected early it can be effectively arrested. Shame on this monster that target the most beautiful/juicy pair up above.

Now, my dear did you say that men are not immune to BC and for every 100 cases of breast cancer, less than one is in men. Out of curiousity who may these blokes with BREASTS be or are you talking of the vestigial marks on either part of the chest? Sio kwa ubaya and not that you know/expert.

BP ONE said...

Shiko… Nice and informative post. Didn’t know October is the month dedicated to Breast Cancer awareness. For sure I will pass the massage.

Shiko-Msa said...

Yes Taabu I'm talking about those vestigial marks on either side of the chest. Contrary to popular belief, men have breast tissue too. But don't worry men's breast cells are less developed and your hormonal set up is not conducive to breast cancer development. But still take care of yourself. There are so many cancers and some nasty lifestyle diseases out there just waiting.....

Taabu said...

Thanks for being my UNPAID biology/medical teacher in old age. Only that you appear to be judgemental on my gender. Are you sure?

joyunspeakable said...

well said...thanks for info shiko

Shiko-Msa said...

Sure BP pass the message. Not just breast cancer but other cancers as well.

Taabu it's pure biology Lol. I'm not being judgemental. And I'm not exactly unpaid. I'll soon be sending you an invoice.

Joyunspeakable most welcome. We got to do our best.

Maua said...

Antiperspirant use - I've been made aware that aluminium salts in antiperspirants are very dangerous, and do contribute to BS. The left breast is more at risk coz we use more pressure with the right hand. Next time you buy one avoid the ones with aluminium salts. I use one made by FLP, and I order from Afroideas on my blogroll.

There's alot of info on this, but this one caught my eye.

Shiko-Msa said...

Maua thanks for the link. This is rather scary considering that a lot of people (myself included) pick antiperspirants off the shelves without reading the contents. I'll definitely be more careful next time I go shopping.

The Success said...

Cancer is one terrible disease
I knew a traditional medicine
Use "Keladi Tikus" to cancer

Shiko-Msa said...

Thanks The Success. Keladi Tikus seems like a powerful herb. Herbs are getting more and more accepted in modern life.