Breast Cancer- a term we all in Pakistan are quite familiar with. The month of October marks the Breast Cancer Awareness month that aims to increase knowledge among women on how we can beat the most prevalent type of cancer in women.
According to statistical data, nearly 40,000 women in Pakistan die of breast cancer each year. The latest research has revealed the number of breast cancer survivors are mostly found in metropolitan areas. Breast cancer has become the most common type of cancer having replaced cervical cancer in Pakistan.
A malignant disease that has a high incidence in Asia, therefore it would be better to stay safe than suffer. Medical experts suggest that examining the breasts on a regular basis can help detect an unusual lump or swelling. Other quick facts and symptoms of breast cancer include a change in the shape of breast or nipple, pain in the armpit or breast, or a change in the color and texture of the breast.
Diagnosis at an early stage can help cancer to be treated and prevent it from spreading elsewhere in the body. Digital mammography is now widely available in Pakistan to capture the abnormalities more clearly.
Ever wondered what the breast cancer awareness ribbon is? The international symbol for breast cancer awareness came into being when Evelyn Lauder of the famous company Estee Lauder wore a pink ribbon to market the prevention of breast cancer. From that day onwards, every year on the 20th of October, women are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and to pay tribute to our strong and brave women who beat this deadly disease. Annual campaigns are held in Pakistan with several non-profit organizations, breast cancer charities and breast cancer research foundations taking part in highlighting the significance of breast cancer.
Having said this, we believe that prevention is always better than cure. Studies are being carried out to reduce the risk of this disease. Here we bring you the best lifestyle changes that you can make to keep breast cancer at bay.
A broad survey concluded that women with a high intake of the fiber during adolescence stand at a lower risk of developing breast cancer before menopause. In addition to this, young women who included fiber from vegetables and fruits in their diet had a 20% lower chance of developing breast cancer than those that ate little or no dietary fiber. Foods that are the best sources of fiber primarily include lentils, kidney beans, wholegrain cereals, and greens
Consumption of saturated or bad fats is directly linked to an increased breast density in young women- a strong breast cancer indication. Try incorporating high amounts of goof or poly-unsaturated fats like olive oil and avocados. Common food sources of bad fats include meat and dairy products like cheese and butter.
According to a large-scale study, increased consumption of fruit during adulthood decreases the risk of breast cancer in women by nearly 25%. This calls up for 2.9 servings per day. Just fill up a bowl with your favorite fruits like apples, grapes, kale, oranges, and bananas and make sure you at least consume two servings of fruit per week. Breast cancer is mostly found among middle-aged women that consume around 0.5 servings of fruit daily.
Women that are physically active stand a lower chance of developing at least thirteen different types of cancers, studies reveal. Obese women are at a higher risk of developing cancers due to increased body fat. Doubling your physical activity by an hour daily can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer in menopausal women.
You must be wondering what connection lies between dental checkups and breast cancer. After carrying a research for eight years on women aged between 54 and 87, it was found that most women suffering from breast cancer have a history of gum disease. This is because harmful pathogens are sometimes carried via saliva or plaque into the bloodstream thereby giving rise to cancerous cells.