What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer results from the formation of malignant cells within the breast. The cancerous cells spread to healthy tissue and grow into a lump. The cells can also separate from the lump and spread to other parts of the body. This can result in the formation of secondary lumps.
Who gets it?
There are no hard and fast rules about who will develop breast cancer. Women are more likely to develop it than men, older people are more likely to develop it than younger people, and those with a family history are more likely to develop it than those whose family has been cancer free.
Can I prevent it?
There are some things, such as your family history, that you cannot change. But, there are also many positive changes you can make to benefit your health.
- Find out what your healthy body weight is, and get there.
- Cut down on red meat and load up on fruit and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly, and enjoy it!
- Drink no more than 1 unit of alcohol a day.
- Value yourself, dedicate time to yourself… and breathe.
- Breast feed your baby for the first 6 months.
- Cut down on the chemicals your are exposed to by using and eating organic products.
- And be sure to get enough Vitamin D by going outside for a safe dose of sun and taking a daily supplement of 2000 IU.
How will I know if I do have it?
Get to know your breasts- what they look like, what they feel like and how this changes during your cycle. Carry out a regular breast exam and report any unexpected changes to your doctor. They are more than used to dealing with and looking at breasts, so don’t be shy. You could print out the self exam guide for easy reference.