By Lee-Ann Watanabe, Wellness Educator

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. To shed some light on this very serious and traumatic illness, here are a few statistics from Breastcancer.org:

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
  • About 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 883.
    This time of year is focused on raising awareness and bringing attention to the importance of regular screening, early detection and living healthy lifestyles to maintain a balanced state of wellbeing.

Have you or do you know of someone who has postponed their mammogram or skipped their monthly screening because “stuff just got in the way?” Perhaps you may have just forgotten or are too tired at the end of the day to do a self-exam.

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

According to the American Cancer Society, women have a 12% chance of developing breast cancer sometime in their life. The guidelines below are ones that all women should follow so that they have the best shot at keeping their bodies and boobies in check.

In Check: Get Regular Breast Cancer Screenings

It is recommended that Physician-administered breast screenings be performed on an annual basis beginning at the age of 40.

Did You Know?

  • As you get older, your chances of getting breast cancer increases? Most breast cancers are diagnosed at age 50 and older.
  • While both men and women can get breast cancer, the sheer fact of being female increases your breast cancer risk.
  • Between 5 and 10% of breast cancer is hereditary due to gene mutations.
  • If you have an immediate family member (mother, sister, daughter) who has had breast cancer, your own risk nearly doubles.

In Check: Practice Self-Exams

Adult women of all ages should perform breast self-exams at least once a month.

Did You Know?

  • Johns Hopkins Medical center states,“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”
  • Breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes.

In Check: Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Numerous studies show that workplace stress is a major factor in many health issues including heart attack, hypertension and other disorders. Getting the appropriate amount of rest, sleep and as well as keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol in check are key drivers in disease prevention.

Did You Know?

  • Lifestyle choices including maintaining a healthy weight, focusing on a whole-food diet, limiting alcohol consumption and including daily physical activity can lower your breast cancer risk.
  • Being overweight or obese, especially in postmenopausal women can dramatically increase your breast cancer risk.

In Check: Spread the Word
Use Breast Cancer Awareness Month to start the conversation between you, your family, your friends, your co-workers and especially your Physician about your breasts, and your breast cancer risk. We can work together to help decrease the number of women being diagnosed annually.

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