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Breast Cancer & Women

Posted on: October 29, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means women of all ages and ethnicities should be getting a check up from their doctor (or themselves) to make sure they’re in good health. According to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths and a woman can be diagnosed as early as their twenties. Having a family history of breast cancer does increase a woman’s risk of having it.  Other risk factors include age, gender, race and having children later in life.  Although African-American women have a lower chance of developing breast cancer, they have a higher risk of dying from it. Women’s chances of having breast cancer do increase as they reach age 55 and up, however several cases of women in their twenties and thirties are also developing breast cancer. Lifetime’s hit move. “Why I Wore Lipstick To My Masectomy” was based on a true story of a woman in her twenties who was diagnosed with breast cancer and recently “Samantha Who” actress Christina Applegate was diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer. Studies have also shown that having children after the age of 30 or not having any children does increase the risk of Breast Cancer, “Pregnancy reduces a woman’s total number of lifetime menstrual cycles, which may be the reason for this effect.” Having a yearly mammogram, watching your weight and alcohol intake, and a great exercise routine are beneficial in preventing breast cancer. For women who are pregnant, breast feeding your child may help reduce the risk as well.

Click On This Link to learn how to Check Your Breasts For Lumps

Ashley-Nicole Weatherington


2 Responses to "Breast Cancer & Women"

Thanks for giving a shout out to the under 40 cancer community, as we often fly under most people’s radar.

I have spent the last four years traveling the US recording juicy conversations with young adult cancer patients for my book Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide To Cancer In Your 20’s and 30’s. Many patients I spoke with (and my self included) were diagnosed at later more advanced stages because even our doctors thought we were too young to have cancer.

Cancer is a horrible disease. It seems like I know more and more the the disease. I have been running for the cure in my home town for the last few years trying to raise some extra money.

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