Organizers of Breast Cancer Awareness Month are emphasizing the need for more than mere awareness of the disease.
“We know that to help those facing breast cancer, awareness alone isn’t enough,” reads the website of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. “This October, get involved. Get screened. Make a donation. Take action. Make this (month) about more than awareness.”
Every day, more than 700 women in the U.S. alone are diagnosed, and the struggle extends every day.
TV host Robin Roberts, 62, is a survivor.
“I can’t stress enough how important it is to get screened and checked for all cancers — and to do self breast-exams,” Robert says on the site.
She found a lump in a self-exam. That’s how 40% of all cases are detected.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation says that people can take action to lower some, but not all, risk factors.
- Lack of Physical Activity: A sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity can increase your risk for breast cancer.
- Poor Diet: A diet high in saturated fat and lacking fruits and vegetables can, too.
- Being Overweight or Obese: So can being overweight or obese. Your risk is increased if you have already gone through menopause.
- Drinking Alcohol. Frequent consumption can increase risk; the more you drink, the greater the risk.
Talk to your doctor about your health questions and do what you can to raise awareness, offer support, and take action.
Holly Kouvo is a personal trainer, functional aging specialist, senior fitness specialist, brain health trainer, writer, and speaker.