Oct 6, 2017 by Comfort Keepers
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thirty percent of all diagnosed cancers in women are breast cancers. Worse, one in eight women will develop an invasive breast cancer sometime in their lifetime with the clear majority occurring after the age of 55.
Breast cancer is almost always painless and can spread quickly. Therefore, regular tests and examinations are important so it can be caught early. Breast self-examinations should be part of every woman's monthly routine from puberty. After the age of 40, a mammogram should be conducted every two years at a minimum with annual mammograms for seniors who are at an increased risk.
Women who are at increased risk include those who are overweight or obese, smoke, regularly consume alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Further, those who have a first-degree relative, such as a mother or sister, who has breast cancer have double the risk of developing cancer themselves.
Thankfully, with early detection and treatment, breast cancer is now highly survivable. Even better, there are now multiple choices for those who have breast cancer, which increases the chances of overcoming the variant of cancer that has developed. Today, in the United States alone, there are over three million survivors of breast cancer, and that number is growing daily.
Several lifestyle changes, such as replacing high-fat diets with nutritious meals filled with fruits, vegetables, nuts, and berries, can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Since obesity increases cancer risk, regular exercise and weight management is also important. Seniors who require assistance in these areas will find senior home caregivers to be invaluable.
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