Every single October, the ribbons return — fund raisers begin to flood the waves, as newspaper headlines — everywhere, become breast-centric! But, did you know that one in eight women — are still being diagnosed — with 108 of them dying everyday? As women — we can’t be blamed for thinking we know everything there is to — about the breast cancer beast, as most Americans still don’t know the basics! My aim — is to help open your eyes to the unspoken truths — to move our awareness forward to be better prepared, as we wage a better, smarter war on breast cancer!
To help my mission, Glamour magazine’s “7 Things No One Ever Tells You About Breast Cancer,” makes my task all the more easier, as it teaches every woman something.
Margaret Cuomo M.D., a diagnostic radiologist in New York and author of A World Without Cancer, Susan Love, M.D., a former breast surgeon and president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, swimwear designer and breast cancer survivor Malia Mills — as well as other women, speak about what all women need to know right now about this disease and how we can stop it.
Make sure you take note — and focus on these key points:
- We’re not trying hard enough to end breast cancer: The majority of funding goes to science aimed at treating the disease once a woman has it rather than finding ways to keep her from getting it in the first place. Of the $631 million the National Cancer Institute invested in breast cancer research in 2010, only 5 percent went to prevention efforts.
- Your paycheck could determine whether you live or die: Women with access to good health care generally have their tumors diagnosed when they are the size of a raspberry. Those without good health care often don’t have their tumors diagnosed until they have reached the size of an orange! In addition, African American women are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, despite the fact that they get breast cancer less often—and it’s estimated that 90 percent of that discrepancy is because of their shoddier health care.
- There are four things we can focus on doing that have been proven to cut breast cancer risk: Exercise can reduce your risk by 25 to 30 percent. Maintaining a healthy weight lowers your odds by up to 250 percent. Limiting how much you drink drops your risk by 24 to 50 percent. And giving birth before your midthirties and breast-feeding for at least six months afterward lower your risk by as much as 50 percent.
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