Today marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I'd like to think that all us boob-savvy BitchBuzz readers understand the importance of regularly checking our breasts for any signs of the disease, right?
I’m sure you don’t need to hear that the UK has the 11th highest rate of breast cancer related deaths in the world to stress the importance of regular check-ups. There are over 89 cases for every 100,000 women in Britain, and every month 1000 women die of breast cancer. This is just one of many reasons to be vigilant about your health.
In order to be able to check yourself, it’s important to know the symptoms of breast cancer; a lump, discolouring of the skin, tightness or puckering on the nipple or breast or change in shape of texture of the breast point out that something could be wrong. Basically, if your boobs alter in any way, it’s probably best to be overly cautious.
It’s easy to be embarrassed by a doctor’s examination, but it’s critical that the disease is caught as soon as possible. Leaving it to run its course isn’t advisable. Get that sucker; the sooner the better. Of course, I’m probably being excessively alert, but that’s due to the seriousness of this. It’s easy for me to make a flippant remark, but really, I want every single reader to have checked their breasts after reading this. Seriously, go check your breasts.
Understandably, there are other measures which can lead to the detection or prevention of womanly cancers. Although it isn’t scientifically proven, it’s easy to realise that your diet and level of activity will play a hefty role in keeping your immune system up, and fighting off any diseases. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables, as well as omega-rich oily fish and simple wholegrain carbohydrates are suspected to help prevent cancers, as well as exercising for 30 minutes, three times a week.
Healthy is exhausting, but definitely worth it!
As Baz Luhrman once said, “Enjoy your body… it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own”
Let’s make sure that continues to happen, ladies.
More information can be found on the disease on the Breast Cancer Care website. Alternatively, the Breakthrough website and Cancer Research website also has a lot information and resources on this topic.
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