Thursday, October 23, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness 2014

October is breast cancer awareness month.Let's learn more about it.
What are the risks? These factors increase our risks but it doesn't guarantee anything. 
Data based from American Cancer Society's site . Further reading at Philippine Cancer Society

Given Risks:

1.      Gender
-Female are more at risk than men (yes men can have breast cancer too!)
2.       Ageing
-Risk increases as you get older
3.       Genetic Risk Factor & Family History
-Inherited gene defect
-1st degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) doubles your risk, having two of them increases three times the risk

4.       Dense Breast Tissue
-Less fatty tissue makes it harder to read mammogram (breast x-ray), thus reading might be less accurate
5.       Previous Chest Radiation
-Exposed to chest radiation during adolescence

Lifestyle risks:

1.       Having No children or had after 30 years old
2.       Drugs
-Oral Birth Control (within 10 yrs of taking)  
-Injectable birth control (within 5 yrs of taking)
- Hormone Therapy, combined progesterone & estrogen
3.       Did not breastfeed

4.       Overweight, Obesity and No Exercise
5.       Heavy Alcohol Drinker
6.       Diet & Chemicals in the Environment
-healthy eating should be a choice of all

Lower your Risk:
1.       Early Detection
- 40s and above: annual mammogram (breast x-ray)
- 20s and 30s: clinical breast exam every 3 yrs
-  20s and above: self breast exam ten days after first day of menstrual period

2.       Exercise and Eat right
-             - We always say this but only a handful of people actually do it.
                 Start now!

 *clipart taken from different sites in the web compiled and compressed with no commercial intention or use

Activities for October 2014
  • Makati Med’s Pink is Art
Organized by MMC doctors, workshop by Sip and Gogh
  • Avon's Pink Walk And Run

Held at MOA grounds, 12th of Oct
students, supporters, survivors gather for the WAR
photos from inquirer & Avon Philippines

  •     Wearing the Ribbon
home activities with my daughter

Learn and be aware,Stay healthy everyone!

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