5 Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer


The statistics are astonishing. Approximately one out of eight (8) women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over their lifetime.
 The disease is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, right after lung cancer:
So here are five important things to keep in mind about breast cancer:

#1: Not all cancer is created equal-there is a range of differences in types of breast cancer. DCIS, for example, which stands for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, tends to be a less aggressive for of breast cancer. Conversely, inflammatory breast cancer tends to be more aggressive.

#2: Exercise lowers your risk-Having regular exercises and having an active lifestyle reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. It may have something to do with levels of estrogen in the body and body fat percentages. One recent study revealed that women who were more active and exercised regularly lowered their risk by as much as 30% as compared to sedentary women.

#3: Breastfeeding also does-breastfeeding is great for babies, but also for moms. One study found that women who breastfed their babies were up to 25% less likely to develop premenopausal breast cancer compared to women who never breastfeed.

#4: Drinking Alcohol increases your risk- this is especially true for younger women. One study found out women between their first period and their first pregnancy who consumed just an average seven alcoholic drink per week has an 11 percent increased risk of developing breast cancer.

#5: Talking with your doctor can save your life-talking about your breast health with your doctor is an important step in learning about breast cancer risk, catching and treating it early if it develops. Clinical breast exams always are more effective than individual.