OCTOBER, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: PREVENTION IS PRIMARY

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OCTOBER, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: PREVENTION IS PRIMARY

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Every year, around the world, campaigns are carried out that seek to increase awareness about the importance of prevention as a weapon to combat breast cancer, a disease that has reached alarming levels of mortality, however, this disease can be treated with positive results, which is why the importance of these efforts.

It is known that annually in the United States alone, more than 245,000 women suffer from breast cancer and more than 40,000 die from this disease. Most cases are diagnosed in women over 50, but this does not exclude younger women. Currently, 1% of the new cases are registered in those under 45 years of age.

These are some of the most recurrent symptoms in breast cancer:

Any change in the size or shape of the breasts

Constant pain in any part of the breasts

Secretion of some type of fluid from the nipple

· Appearance of a lump in the breasts or under the arm.

To prevent breast cancer, specialists recommend:

Eat a balanced diet high in fiber, including broccoli, chard, spinach, mushrooms, grapes, and papaya

Reduce the consumption of sugars and fats

Exercise at least 30 minutes daily

Maintain an adequate weight

. Avoid cigarettes and alcohol

· Perform a monthly breast self-examination from the age of 20, preferably on the fifth day of menstruation.

· Request a mammogram from the age of 34, in case of a family history of the disease. If this is not the case, it should be done every two years starting at 40, and every year when reaching 50

Although breast cancer is a common disease in women, men can get it too. It is estimated that between 60 and 70 years is the most likely age to develop it. The main risk factors include radiation exposure, a family history of breast cancer, and high levels of estrogen, which can occur with conditions such as cirrhosis or Klinefelter syndrome.

Following these steps, in addition to visiting your doctor regularly, is vitally important to reduce the risks of suffering from this disease. Share this information and join the awareness campaign. If you want to know more you can visit the following site: www.cancer.org

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