Breast Cancer

B. Positive Magazine supports “Breast Cancer Awareness” during the month of October, so in light of this month I have decided to write an article for the many women who are currently fighting the uphill battle living with breast cancer, and those who have passed due to this unforgiving disease.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in women. Over 200,000 patients this year alone have sat in a doctor’s office only to be told they were diagnosed with breast cancer. Of those two-hundred thousand women, at least 40,000 women die from complications related to breast cancer (most commonly from malignant cancerous cells that eventually spread to distant areas within the body). The trending research and prevention of this disease is near and dear to my heart being that I have lost two relatives due to the unforgivable manifestation of symptoms  my relatives and many other patients endured when presented with this disease. Having seen the detrimental factors imposed on my relatives such as being physically weak, being confined to a bed, suffering agonizing pain from chemotherapy that is often paired with radiation, and the nausea associated with the therapy methods, as well as many other side effects; I decided that I no longer wanted to fall witness to the affects of what breast cancer can do to my dearly loved relatives or my family in its entirety.

One might ask, “What can I do to prevent breast cancer from imposing on my family?” Truthfully there is no single way to prevent breast cancer and the chances of this disease occurring within your family depends on the genetics of your family. For those patients who have a predisposition related to this disease but was not acquired through genetics, accurate prevention may be difficult to prognosis.  Many Oncologists/Hematologist and research scientists have yet to discover the underlying cause for why the disease occurs. However, simple methods to help lower your risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer are simple: maintain a healthy diet, keep tract of your physician appointments and preemptive screening. Almost two-thirds of aggressive breast cancer diagnoses are found in women age 55 and older and one-eighth of obstruction in breast cancers are found in women under age 45.  It is important for women who are in this age bracket to have an annual screening called a mammogram. Be sure to ask your doctor to show you the proper technique for self-examination so that you can catch those suspicious lumps and recognize the early signs and symptoms of this disease.

To learn more about  Breast Cancer please visit, http://www.cancer.gov and http://www.healthline.com

Voting statistics: