Breast Cancer impacts roughly 1 in 8 women in the United States each year, and less than 1% of the male population will develop breast cancer.
This is an unfortunate statistic, more so for women, and many people feel as though breast cancer may be inevitable for them, especially if it runs in their family. Having said that, there are a few factors that can impact an individual’s likelihood that he or she will develop breast cancer in their life, such as their genetics, race, age and gender. Although those factors are unpreventable, there are some steps that individuals can take to lower their risk of developing breast cancer.
Unfortunately, there are certain factors that cannot be prevented and are out of the individuals control when it comes to how these things impact one’s health. These things include a person’s age, their gender, their race and the genetic makeup that they naturally have. These factors are things that human beings are born with and things that unfortunately cannot be changed or altered to its core. For example, according to Susan G. Komen, breast cancer deaths equal to about 41,760 in women, whereas deaths in men with breast cancer total around 500. It is an unfortunate fact that, although men are able to develop breast cancer, women are much more prone to getting it during their lifetime. Additionally, research has shown that White and African-American individuals are more likely to develop breast cancer, whereas Hispanic and American Indian individuals are not. When you combine multiple genetic factors, such as DNA or gender, with race and ethnicity, individuals may start to experience a higher likelihood that he or she will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Despite the factors that individuals do not have control over, there are some things that individuals can take into their own hands to ensure that they have the best shot of not getting breast cancer during their lifetime. Of course, these are conscious factors that will need to be altered and/or changed by the individual themselves, requiring a little more effort on their end, but the pay off is great in the end.
As previously mentioned, there are several factors that individuals can take into their own hands, ultimately controlling their own destiny and health. The things that people can control includes:
It is important to note that doing these things will not guarantee you to be cancer free and avoid breast cancer as a whole. These factors are simply things that individuals can take into their own hands to ensure that they are living the healthiest life that they possibly can, by controlling things that they can. Of course, there are other measures that can be taken to prevent breast cancer, with the help of medical professionals that will take all factors into account, preventable or unpreventable.
If an individual feel like he or she needs to seek out medical advice, they should first meet with their doctor to go over their family history and their environmental or lifestyle factors that can impact their overall risk. When meeting with a doctor, it is important that the individual is open and honest about their concerns and the risk factors that he or she experiences that can increase their risk of breast cancer. After receiving a full consultation with a medical professional, individuals may have several different options depending on the opinion of the doctor that they are seeing. Options may include BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic testing that can gauge how likely it is for an individual to develop breast cancer in their lifetime based on their genetic makeup. After determining if the individual does or does not have the gene, he or she may seek out additional resources and options from there. Such options include:
Making these decisions regarding an individual’s health and their bodies can be challenging and overwhelming, leaving them susceptible to feeling as though they do not have many resources available to them during these challenging times. However, there are resources available to people that may need it, especially when they are undergoing surgery or treatment. In-home caregivers can help individuals during their pre-surgery routine, just hours before their surgery, as well as the hours post-surgery and during their recovery period. There are several services that in-home caregivers can provide to those who are undergoing breast cancer surgeries or treatments such as:
All of the previously aforementioned services are wonderful ways for ensure that a woman recovers from her surgery, or an individual recover during treatment. Of course, during this chaotic and stressful time, the person may simply need someone to be there for them. If their loved ones are not local and cannot be around them, or simply have schedules that cannot allow them to be there, a caregiver could possibly help. Companionship services are incredibly important, and they ensure that the patient is looked after and that they have someone there for them. Caregivers can play games with their clients, plan social visits for them, take them to fun outings and simply be there for them to talk to.
We know that breast cancer is scary, and it may not be completely preventable, but we highly encourage everyone to take matters into their own hands if they are able to do so. We encourage all individuals to seek out the resources available to you to fight breast cancer and be a warrior.
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