This October we join the fight, we want to promote awareness and early detection by sharing some healthy habits to prevent Breast Cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, early detection continues to be the cornerstone in the fight against Breast Cancer, that is why every year on October 19 and throughout the month awareness campaigns are carried out on the importance of early detection and prevention with healthy habits.
WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that originates in the cells of the breast, it is a group of cancer cells that can grow by invading the surrounding tissue and can also spread to various areas of the body.
HEALTHY HABITS TO PREVENT BREAST CANCER
· Get active, any type of exercise is useful to keep your body healthy.
· Eat well, healthy eating is one of the best allies, various studies reveal that the consumption of green leafy vegetables, broccoli, beans and cereals reduce the risk of cancer, thanks to the fact that they fight free radicals that damage cells.
· Eat a diet rich in fiber and low in carbohydrates.
· Go to the doctor for regular check-ups, especially if you are over 40 years old or have a risk factor, you should have a mammogram at least once a year.
· Decrease the consumption of fats and sugars.
· Maintain an adequate weight.
· Avoid or reduce the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.
· Practice breast self-examination, preferably every month after the fifth day of menstruation.
· Consult a doctor about your family history.
· Go to the doctor when you notice any changes and alarm signals.
· Find out, there are different types of breast cancer, it is not a unique condition of women, having changes in your breasts can mean many things, it is best to always be in contact with your specialist.
HOW TO DO A BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION?
1. Stand in front of a mirror, keep your arms at your sides, take a good look at the size, texture, shape and color of your breasts.
2. Gently squeeze your nipples and see if any liquid comes out.
3. Lie on your back or stand with your arm up, palpate your breasts in a circular way.
4. Without making strong pressure with your fingertips, go through the breast in a spiral until you reach the armpit, repeat with the other side.
SEE A DOCTOR IF ...
· You notice a painless lump or lump in a breast or armpit.
· There are changes in the texture of your skin.
· Presence of some inflammation.
· Nipple changes, stinging, cracking, irritation, or sagging.
· Presence of white, brown, creamy, or bloody fluid secretions.
Even though obesity and being overweight consists of carrying excess fat in several areas of your body, the midsection is the spot most associated with being overweight. Both men and women pack on excess abdominal fat as they gain weight, but it is men who seem most at risk when it comes to serious health issues brought on by extra abdominal fat.