Monday, October 4, 2010

To be aware of your own health

I actually would never go through articles regarding awareness of breast cancer, cause i was under the assumption, it is a hereditary disease and very few get affected it, until i came across the bad news that my office colleague is suffering with it...

This scared the hell out of me, i spoke to my bro, who a doctor at Breach Candy, and his suggestions were breast cancer is predominantly a heriditory disease, but that doesnt mean, we dont follow the basics of taking care of ourselves.

Here is an article which i got from a website, highlighting tips for breast care prevention:

1. Avoid becoming overweight. Obesity raises the risk of breast cancer after menopause, the time of life when breast cancer most often occurs. Try to maintain a body-mass index under 25.

2. Eat healthy to avoid tipping the scale. Embrace a diet high in vegetables and fruit and low in sugared drinks, refined carbohydrates and fatty foods. Eat lean protein such as fish or chicken breast and eat red meat in moderation, if at all. Eat whole grains. Choose vegetable oils over animal fats.

3. Keep physically active, even when begun later in life. It reduces overall breast-cancer risk by about 10 percent to 30 percent. All it takes is moderate exercise like a 30-minute walk five days a week.

4. Drink little or no alcohol. Alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

5. Avoid hormone replacement therapy. Menopausal hormone therapy increases risk for breast cancer. If you must take hormones to manage menopausal symptoms, avoid those that contain progesterone and limit their use to less than three years. "Bioidentical hormones" and hormonal creams and gels are no safer than prescription hormones and should also be avoided.

6. Consider taking an oestrogen-blocking drug. Women with a family history of breast cancer or who are over age 60 should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of oestrogen-blocking drugs such as tamoxifen and raloxifene.

7. Don't smoke. Research suggests that long-term smoking is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in some women.

8. Breast-feed your babies for as long as possible. Women who breast-feed their babies for at least a year in total have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer later.

Please be aware of your body needs, and keep my friend in your prayers...


  1. sure yaar. I have seen breast cancers during my surgery posting days and dont u worry...if it is in the first stage then there is chances of ur friend recovering completely. will definitely pray for her.

  2. Ohh, I hope yr friend gets well soon. My best wishes are with her. God Bless!

  3. This is really Sad..but good thing is it is curable..all our wishes are with her..

  4. @IMW, Tanveer, Anamika: Thanks for your prayers...


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