As you may know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here at Shula’s Athletic Club, we value our members health above everything and it’s our duty to provide an effective platform that allows people to enrich their lives with everything fitness and healthy living can provide. We’ve decided to create a brief summary of what breast cancer is and what we can do to avoid it or help others in the fight against it!
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.
What is the severity of the illness?
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%).
Can this affect me?
The American Cancer Society estimates 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States in 2014.
- Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
- Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years.
- Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
Can lifestyle changes lower the risks of getting breast cancer?
The American Cancer Society states that there’s been many studies that found a correlation between moderate to vigorous physical activity and lowering breast cancer risks. In addition, diets that are rich in vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products has also been linked with a lower risk of breast cancer in some found studies. At the moment, the most valuable advice about diet and activity to possibly reduce the risk of breast cancer is to:
- Get regular, intentional physical activity. (In case you’re looking for a health-club come check out Shula’s Athletic Club. Use this complimentary guest pass).
- Reduce your lifetime weight gain by limiting your calories and getting regular physical activity.
- Avoid or limit your alcohol intake.
Applause to the survivors!
Currently there are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States! (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)
Spread the message about breast cancer to raise awareness. Increase your knowledge and be pro-active in a ways to support those in need!
If you wish to learn more about breast cancer please visit: http://www.cancer.org/
Information resource: http://www.cancer.org/