By Guest Writer: Alison DeMaio
Have you heard that Liquido Active has gone pink for October? For the entire month, they are donating 15% of all pink products proceeds to the McGrath Foundation, which spread awareness and support women with breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a disease that has touched most people in some way. Worldwide, it is the most frequent cancer among women, with around 2.1 million women diagnosed each year. It is also the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Worryingly, rates of the disease are increasing around the world.
The most important strategies we have to improve breast cancer outcomes are early diagnosis, screening, and prevention.
Early diagnosis means detecting breast cancer at its early stages, when it is more amenable to treatment. It is essential that women everywhere have access to health care and that there is a system in place for rapid assessment. Screening programmes are in place to identify breast cancer before any symptoms appear, generally with mammography and breast examination by a trained health professional.
When breast cancer is detected early, either via screening or at the onset of symptoms, treatment can be started early. Treatments for cancer are constantly improving; More women are living long and full lives after their diagnosis.
You might be wondering what you can do to protect yourself against breast cancer? There are certain things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer.
- Maintain a healthy weight. This is the best way to protect yourself from cancer. This is because fat cells produce hormones that can increase your risk of cancer.
- Maintain an active lifestyle. Doing at least 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days of the week can reduce cancer risk.
- Limit alcohol.
- Avoid smoking. Cigarette smoke is responsible for 30 percent of all cancers and may increase the risk of breast cancer.
- Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding your baby reduces the breast cancer risk for mums.
It’s important for every women to be “breast aware”, which means knowing what is normal for your breasts. That way, if any unusual changes occur, you will notice them and can discuss them with your health care provider without delay.
About the writer:
Alison is a medical doctor, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology in one of Ireland’s leading maternity hospitals. She is committed to her daily Ashtanga Mysore practice, despite the demands of a busy job. She has been fortunate to practice with some world-renowned teachers, and she is currently learning the Ashtanga Intermediate Series in the traditional method. Keep in touch with Alison on Instagram.