Breast Cancer Prevention and Detection
It can be easy to forget or not make time
But you can’t ignore breast cancer.
Excluding cancers of the skin, it’s the most
common cancer among women. No woman is immune
from the possibility of getting it.
Thankfully, during the entire month of
October, breast cancer organizations raise
extra awareness for the disease via the color
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a perfect
time to re-educate ourselves and others on how
to detect this killer in a timely manner.
Women, and men, are reminded daily about early
detection, causes, diagnosis, treatment and
Breast cancer affects women of all races.
According to the American Cancer Society,
breast cancer accounts for nearly one in three
cancers diagnosed in U.S. women. The National
Cancer Institute shows one in eight women
(12.3%) being diagnosed with breast cancer in
their lifetime and more than 30% diagnosed
after the cancer has spread beyond the
Some risk factors, such as age and family
history, can’t be changed. But there are
lifestyle and preventative changes you can
make or modify to lower your risk of
developing breast cancer.
Here’s what the Mayo Clinic recommends:
Limit alcohol: Limit yourself to
less than one drink per day. And don’t ignore
water! It’s the best thing for you.
Don’t smoke: There’s a link between
smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly
in premenopausal women. And we shouldn’t have
to tell you about the lung cancer risk for
Control weight: The risk of breast
cancer increases if obesity occurs later in
life, particularly after menopause. Eating a
healthy, fiber-rich diet that includes plenty
of vegetables and fruits is important. Keep
sugared drinks, refined carbohydrates, and
fatty foods to a minimum. Also, try to eat
lean protein like fish or chicken breast
instead of red meat.
Be physically active: The Department
of Health and Human Services recommends at
least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic
activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic
activity weekly, plus strength training at
least twice per week. A good start is a
30-minute walk five days per week.
Schedule mammogram: Talk with your
doctor to determine the appropriate mammogram
schedule for you. This includes the frequency
Doing these things will provide peace of
mind and help keep you aware of any changes
your body may experience.
Finally, as you strive to achieve maximum
health, the spa will continue to support your
goal to achieve whole-body wellness. Reducing
stress is key, and we can help through a
multitude of treatments to help you look and
So, what are you waiting for?)