We are long past October, the breast cancer awareness month – when the whole world joins forces in the fight against breast cancer and shades of pink take over social media posts, but it never hurts to remind ourselves of the importance of breast cancer prevention.
But what is it exactly? It’s simply a form of cancer that develops from the breast tissue when its cells begin to divide and grow out of control in an abnormal way. The most common type of breast cancer starts in the tubes (known as ducts) that carry milk to the nipple while breastfeeding. All the breast cells activity registered in the female body makes them incredibly more likely to develop this disease in comparison to men – whose breast cells are mostly inactive.
Fortunately, thanks to all the efforts made by the medical community, government programs and the society in general to raise awareness for the need to prevent breast cancer and act swiftly on its detection, it is not as deadly as it was a few decades ago. Even so, it is still one of the most common types of cancer (only behind skin cancer).
To an extent, breast cancer can be prevented. Researchers have identified hormonal, environmental and lifestyle factors that may put you at a greater risk of developing breast cancer. Here are a few behaviors you should start adopting that can potentially have a huge impact on decreasing your risk of breast cancer.