Tips To Avoid Breast Cancer

Breast cancer occurs when cancer cells start to develop in the breast tissues. In the recent years, breast cancer has become rampant among the women of the world, being ranked fifth in the list of deadly cancers.

Tragically, news had been spreading for more than a decade about famous female individuals who struggled to fight this killer disease, but the fight was in vain. Those included in the list were singers Minnie Riperton and Dusty Springfield, Linda who was the beloved wife of Beatles member Paul McCartney, and Oscar award-winning actress Bette Davis.

There still are women out there who are braving this disease, some of whom have won the battle. Still, prevention is better than cure! So to all the women reading this, do take this matter as seriously as you can, before it is too late.

Let us explore the symptoms of breast cancer for earlier detection and prevention:
One will experience a change in the way the breast or the nipples feel. The nipple may soften or a thick lump may be seen situated near the breast or the underarm area.

One will also encounter a transformation in how the breast or nipples look. The shape and size of the breast or nipples may change and grow a little inwards. The breast skin may turn reddish or bloated and may develop edges that take after the skin of an orange.

The more evident symptom is the discharge that comes out from the nipples. It is normally yellowish in color.If you observe that these symptoms have befallen upon you, start your engine and give your breasts an early prevention….

1. Avoid too much of alcohol. Limit yourself to drinking one glass or stop drinking it for good!

2. Maintain an acceptable weight because obesity is one of the factors that can heighten the risk of breast cancer. Improve on your dieting by restricting your fats intake.

3. Be more physically sound by carrying out regular exercises. Exercising contributes to the maintenance of your weight, thus reducing the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

4. Go for a mammogram for early detection of breast cancer. You should do so especially when you have reached the age of 50 and above.

5. Avoid sleeping with your bra on. Wearing a bra for more than 12 hours can contribute to the growth of cancer cells in your breasts. And do not keep on wearing the same bra for a few days. You should change to a brand new bra every single day.

To the women who are still fighting the disease, be strong and do not feel embarrassed about going through.

Keep your spirits alive! And to the rest of the women out there, take this seriously and do follow the tips given to ensure guaranteed protection from this ‘lethal weapon’.


Lynne Eldridge M.D. said...

Thanks for sharing these tips! Knowing that only 10 percent of breast cancer is genetic, it is important for us to look at anything in our environment that may raise risk.

Another tip that may help. Turn out the lights at night. If you have a street light near your bedroom, buy dense shades. Melatonin, which is manufactured by the brain in total darkness, may lower estrogen levels and hence the risk of breast cancer. Blind women have a very low risk of breast cancer, whereas night workers have an elevated risk.

Lynne Eldridge MD
Author, "Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time"

NafaSg said...

Hi Lynne,

It is such an honor here to receive a comment from a renowned author like you. Thanks for sharing with us some additional information on breast cancer. I am glad we all can learn a little something from you as well.