How much do you know about breast cancer? Many changes occur during a person’s lifetime. Women especially have a lot to deal with; going through puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. How the breasts look, the inner and outer structure and even the functions change all throughout life. It is so important for women to know what changes are normal and which aren’t. Ladies, here are some interesting facts for you! Gentlemen, well, take note.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death of women in the UAE.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. – Can you imagine that someone you care about could have breast cancer? What if it’s you? This is how common this killer is and you need to be vigilant about getting check-ups and pushing others as well.
Over 50% of women don’t bother to check for breast cancer symptoms. – Many women are scared to know the truth; that they may have it. But, what if you don’t?
When diagnosed early, 8 out of 10 breast cancer cases can be prevented. – Chances of survival go up to 98%! This is why it is so important to check early and on a regular basis. The sooner the better!
Signs of Breast Cancer: Texture change, visible lump, lymph discharge, color change, nipple inversion, and dimpled skin. If you notice any of these signs, consult a Doctor as soon as you can!
80% of the time, breast lumps are benign. – When you menstruate, the texture of the breasts change like become soft, feel tender, start swelling, and this is completely normal. So always check for any permanent changes and get examined with a doctor.
Both breasts are not always identical. It’s actually more ‘normal’ if they aren’t. Usually, one breast is about a fifth of a cup size larger than the other. Only be worried if there is a significant change.
Breastfeeding helps you lower the risks of heart disease and cancer, lose weight, lower depression and attune you with your baby.
Sleeping on your stomach can change the shape of your breasts over time. Nothing overnight but if you kept sleeping face down for a few years it would change the shape. Best position would be on your side.
Smoking can cause sagging. The protein, elastin is vital to the skin’s ability to stretch without tearing. Smoking breaks down this protein thus reducing the elasticity of the skin. But of course, smoking does more damage to your body than just this. Don’t smoke, stay perky!
Beat the Odds – Talk to your doctor, maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly and bring awareness to others! Empower yourself and other women! Beat breast cancer!
There you go! What was your favorite fact? Did you learn something new today? Be sure to share in the comments!