The Pink Movement

posted Sep 24, 2010, 12:46 PM by Sara@LS

People around the United States will be wearing the color pink this October to support breast cancer survivors, foundations and research. Some might be wearing pink in honor of a loved-one, a friend or even themselves.

 

According to the Susan B. Komen Foundation, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States. It accounts for one of every three cancer diagnoses in women.

Some risk factors include:

·         Being female

·         Getting older

·         Family history

·         High levels of estrogen in the blood

·         Dense breast tissue

·         A personal history of cancer

 

Many of the risk factors are things you cannot control. The trick is to stay on top of the things you can control.

  • Recognize your risk
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce alcohol use
  • Stop using tobacco products
  • Have a yearly mammogram starting at age 40
  • Stay up-to-date on your yearly exams

 

There are other precautions you may be able take to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Follow up with your doctor for more information.

 

The good news is that breast cancer rates are dropping, and new or changed cancer treatment options become available often. Make your health a priority and choose to take steps toward prevention.

 

Source: The Susan B. Komen Foundation

 


 

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Sara@LS,
Sep 24, 2010, 12:47 PM
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