Breast cancer is one of the most publicised diseases in the world. It is hard to look anywhere and not see some thing that is not promoting breast cancer awareness. Many breast cancer organizations have pulled together to fund breast cancer research. Organizations like yogurt companies, tshirt companies, food products, and commercial brands. There are races and walks, fund raisers, and gatherings. With all of the publicity why is it that so many women are still unaware of breast cancer.
A large message that organizations promoting breast cancer research are trying to get across is breast awareness. Breast cancer can be detected early if we as woman are diligently checking our breasts. Many woman may think that breast cancer will not effect them. However, it is important to understand your risks. First of all, you need to know if anyone in your family has a history of breast cancer. But just because no one in your family has had breast cancer does mean that you are no longer at risk. It is important to talk to your doctor and get screened. Depending on your age, screen could include a mammogram or a clinical breast exam.
You also need to preform self breast exams. It is impossible to know what youre breasts normall feel like and look like if you are not aware of what is normal for yourself. How can you know if a lump is just a lump if you have never felt the lump before. Remember that you are always your first defense against breast cancer. If you notice anything abnormal it is important to speak with your health care provider right away.
It is also important to live a healthy lifestyle. Eating right, exercising, and limiting alcohol intake are all important facotrs in to helping you live a long healthy life.