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Loving yourself prevents Breast cancer

Women & Health:

It’s a blatant truth that today cancers of all types among women are increasing. We know that women form about half of the population and therefore they need to learn to take care of themselves in order to enjoy their lives and at the same time continue healthily with their worldly responsibilities. One of the best ways, considering the rampant spread of Cancer, to love yourself is by getting a pap smear and mammogram done, for the love of yourself and for your loving family. With all of their extensive and tireless “doings” for the world, there’s one thing that women must agree which they tend to ignore is – taking care of themselves!

Ignoring themselves for others:

Experts say it’s no surprise that women forget – or even disregard – the need to take care of their own self. It’s quite common to see women feeling guilty about taking time for themselves. There seems to be some maternal or eternal idea of being self-sacrificing and having not time for yourself. However, reality is, if you have to take care of others, you have to take care of yourself first! When women realize love for their own body, they would and should be on the journey to self-realization and therefore to self-love from within to their own self. Self-love is the most authentic and honest love you will ever receive in your lifetime.

Prevention is essential :

The true beauty of a woman is in her health-In her ability to be active. A fit and healthy body will always be a fashion statement at its own. Nothing tastes or looks as good as being healthily fit. The best project you can, or should ever work up on is you. At the end of the day, your own health has to be your priority. So decide today, and take a pledge to take charge of your own health.

Cancer in Women :

One of the recent concerns plaguing the field of cancer study is the increasing number of women who are being diagnosed with Cancer. Studies further confirm that world over, for all cancers combined; prevalence in women is higher than in men.

According to a study by the World Health Organization, one in 12 women in urban India will develop cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 40 per cent of new cases of cancer in India afflict women. In the past decade, breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer as the most common cancer among women in Indian cities such as Mumbai and Delhi. What’s more alarming, 75-80 per cent of patients are in advanced stages of the disease at the time of diagnosis.

Breast Cancer :

The breast cancer risk increases with age. Family history is also an important risk factor for breast cancer. In families with a bad gene for breast cancer, around half of the female members develop the cancer, usually before 40 years of age. Often, both breasts are affected.

Breast cancer prevention

On the other hand, if one or two women out of 20 family members develop breast cancer and both are above 60, then this probably does not increase the risk of breast cancer.

A woman who has had her first child before the age of 23 has one-third the risk of breast cancer compared with a woman who has her first baby at 30. Breast-feeding for at least three months has a protective effect.

Some warning signals that are associated with early stage breast cancer are dimpling of the skin

  • Changes to breast texture or shape
  • Changes in nipple shape
  • Unexplained discharge
  • Breast lumps
  • Skin thickening
  • Underarm tenderness
  • Skin changes.

For early detection of breast cancer every women from age 35 should self-examine her breasts once every month. From age 40, she should continue self-examinations and have a clinician examine the breasts once a year. From age 50, a mammogram should be done every two years. In addition, self-examination and check-ups by the doctor should be continued lifelong.