“About 1 in8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.” From Breast Cancer Organization.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This October, the Kendrick Foundation is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
Here’s the good news: most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to your doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
For more information on tips to reduce your risk of breast cancer and videos, check out Kendrick Foundation’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/kendrick.foundation
There are preventative cancer behaviors that influence a persons’ risk of getting cancer. Some of these preventative behaviors are:
- Avoid all tobacco. This includes cigarettes, cigar, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Tobacco accounts for at least 30% of cancer deaths. It causes not only lung cancer but also head and neck, bladder and pancreatic cancers. If you smoke, quit. If you need help, reach out to one of our funds: Ready Set Quit Tobacco,
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients and phytochemicals that fight cancer. Aim for at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables per day. Avoid processed meats, such as bacon, hot dogs and salami; these have nitrates that have been linked to cancer. Limit your red meat consumption to two servings or fewer per week.
- Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol increases the risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, breast and colon cancers. Women should limit intake to one drink per day, and men, two drinks. A drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor.
- Be physically active and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity and physical inactivity are almost just as bad as smoking, causing about 25 to 30% of the major cancers in the U.S., including breast, colon, uterine, pancreas, gallbladder, kidney and esophagus cancers. To meet activity guidelines, experts suggest moving at least 30 minutes per day.
- Wear sunscreen and protect your skin. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed. Protecting your skin from excessive sun exposure can prevent most skin cancers.
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15
- Avoid strong mid-day sun
- Use protective clothing- long sleeves, wide-brimmed hat
- Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays
- Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps
These tips help not only to prevent cancer but also many other health problems, such as emphysema, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and premature aging. Think about the daily choices you make. They all make a difference.