October is breast cancer awareness month. Or, Breast Awareness Month.
In our lifetime, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. That’s a lot of women who will face this devastating diagnosis. Risk increases with age, delayed childbirth, obesity, having more than 2 drinks a day and, the presence of defective genes (BRAC 1 and 2).
We can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer with exercising, drinking minimally and getting tested for BRAC (if there is a significant family history). Also, if we choose to have children, breast feeding also helps to reduce the chance of getting this breast disease.
Note, New York Times, Health Section has a great, very readable, review on breast cancer.
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This month, belowthebellybutton will send out information on all topics related to….the boobs. Spread the word!