Breast Cancer Awareness month is celebrated in many countries across the globe and there is no better time to prevent it than now. While eating healthy foods and keeping fit can help to prevent breast cancer, it can still strike despite all of your efforts. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for you to schedule regular breast cancer screenings or DNA Testing.
Breast cancer is cancer that develops from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, or a red scaly patch of skin. In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, or yellow skin.
By discovering a cancerous tumor in your breast earlier, the greater your chance of survival will become.
Breast cancer awareness
Factors to control breast cancer
Here is a look at some of our lifestyle risks that we can control:
– Being obese or overweight
– Diet high in saturated fat
– More than 2 alcoholic drinks per day
– Too little physical activity
– Taking birth control pills for longer than 10 years if under 35
Uncontrollable risks in breast cancer
Other risks we have no control over:
– Early menstruation or late menopause
– First child at an older age or not having given birth
– Age. Especially those over 65
– Reasonably Increased Risk if you have family history of breast cancer (especially mother or sister), personal history of breast cancer of benign (non-cancer) breast disease and/or dense breast tissue.
– You also have a high risk if you have had past radiation therapy to the chest. Other factors include hormone treatments, gene mutations like BRCA1 or BRCA2, or a parent, brother, sister or child with these gene mutations: Li-Fraumeni, Cowden, or Bannayan Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome.
Examination in breast cancer
When and what screening to begin with as recommended by the American Cancer Society:
– Between your 20s and 30s you should have a clinical breast exam every three years.
– In your 40s have a clinical breast exam and mammogram every year.
– For those with a moderately increased risk you should consult your doctors about whether and when you should add MRI screenings to your yearly mammogram
– For those at high risk a MRI and mammogram should be done every year beginning at the age of 30.
It is very important that we all stay on top of our health, whether we are a man or woman. So why wait until it is too late to realize how valuable your health is. A simple DNA test could determine if you may be genetically predisposed to breast cancer. For more information on how it can be prevented, be sure to visit CyGene Direct for your entire Personal DNA Testing needs. All of CyGene Directs’ DNA tests can be done anonymously and in the comfort of your own home.