Education and raising awareness is one of the best ways of preventing cancer. Through education and awareness, people can learn how to prevent cancer and minimise the risk-factors of cancer. So today, I thought I would share some information about breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a major risk to the community, being “the most common invasive cancer diagnosed in females in Australia,” (BreastCancer Care WA, 2010). “Currently, one in nine women and will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85,” (Cancer Australia, 2011) and “breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death in females,” (BreastCancer Care WA, 2010). It has a devastating impact on health, affecting physical health by causing fatigue, nausea and breast swelling and also emotional health, sometimes causing depression and anxiety.
Two of the major risks-factors of breast cancer are having a poor diet and drinking alcohol. Preventing being diagnosed with the disease by reducing the presence of these risk factors is vital. People should try to eat a healthy and balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables. They should also refrain from drinking alcohol to excess. In fact, scientists say that just one small glass one wine a day substantially increases your risk of breast cancer, so alcohol consumption should be as minimal as possible. Also, breast cancer can be prevented by exercising regularly and simply maintaining a positive outlook (Kulze, 2009). Simple things like these can make a huge difference in your chance of developing breast cancer.
Hopefully, you will be able to take some of this information on board and use it to minimise your risk of breast cancer.