Yesterday afternoon, I turned on the news to find out that Elizabeth Edwards had died of breast cancer. My heart goes out to her family and friends during this difficult time...
I am no expert on breast cancer, only having to deal with it in small doses. Members of my family have had scares, and the only person I can really connect to is a former roommate whose mother died of breast cancer. I can only imagine the heartache of losing someone to this disease.
Which is why I am using my post make sure that women (and men) are informed...
For example, are you aware that in 2006:
- 191,410 women were diagnosed with breast cancer.
- 40,820 women died from breast cancer.
or that white women have the highest occurrence of breast cancer, followed by black women and Hispanic women
Don't forget about men:
- About 1,970 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men
- About 390 men will die from breast cancer
From breastcancer.org (click on the links for further explanation):
"Breast self-exam should be part of your monthly health care routine, and you should visit your doctor if you experience breast changes. If you're over 40 or at a high risk for the disease, you should also have an annual mammogram and physical exam by a doctor. The earlier breast cancer is found and diagnosed, the better your chances of beating it."
But, here is some good news. To lower your risk of breast cancer you can:
Get more exercise.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Reduce your exposure to estrogen.
Learn about good nutrition and start eating for good health.