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[May 2020] Everyday Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer
Date 05-19-2020 16:10 Hit295
Everyday Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women worldwide, and the incidence rates continue to rise. Meanwhile, men make up 0.5%–1.0% of all breast cancer patients globally. Here are daily ways to prevent and manage breast cancer.

Be Familiar With Your Breasts.

Breast cancer causes changes in the breasts’ appearance. Therefore, you can detect it early by observing your breasts every day and looking for any unusual changes.

① Study your breasts carefully, using both eyes and hands every time you take a shower. Do thorough self-exams at least once a month, and check for any differences in shape, texture, and suppleness. Take note—preferably in writing—of any changes that occur along the menstrual cycle.
② Observe your breasts and their surrounding areas. You should be able to identify changes in the area between each breast and armpit, on the nipples, and underneath them.
③ Go for a hospital checkup at least once or twice a year.

Breast Cancer Self-Examination

1. Stand in front of a mirror and observe your breasts.

□ Are your breasts of the same size and your nipples at the same level? □ Is there any sunken spot on your breast? □ Is there any discharge from your nipples?
Keep in mind these three questions as you move your upper body.
① Keep your shoulders straight. Then place your hands on your hips and see how your breasts appear. ② Lock your hands behind your head, and slowly move your head forward and backward and left to right. Observe your breasts. ③ Clasp your hands and raise them in the air. Check for any changes in your breasts’ appearance.

2. Feel for any changes in your breasts using your hands.

□ With one arm raised behind your head, touch your breast on the same side using your opposite hand. You should check your breasts in three positions: ①standing in front of a mirror, ②lying on your back, and ③lying on your side.
□ Feel the part from your nipple to your armpit by slowly moving a couple of fingers, which should be straight and drawn together. Trace a big circle laterally around that area, and draw small circles as well. Move your fingers in all directions while applying different pressures to observe both the skin’s feel from the outside and within.
□ Gently pinch your nipple to see if there is any discharge.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Family history, age (50 and above), long duration of hormonal therapy, geriatric or no pregnancy, obesity, and exposure to excessive radiation, as well as your health status and dietary habits, can all contribute to breast cancer.

Healthy Diet for Healthy Breasts

Drinking, smoking, and consuming fatty food are all risk factors, while burned and charcoal-grilled food contains cancer-causing compounds. Furthermore, medicines that alter hormone levels, such as birth control pills, may also be related to breast cancer.
A low-calorie diet for losing weight is crucial to restore hormone levels and prevent or manage breast cancer. Some essential ingredients include whole and multigrain, fruits, green and yellow vegetables, and sea algae, as well as legumes, flaxseeds, nuts, and garlic.