Originally Published: October 9, 2016 6 a.m.
Just in case you didn’t notice, The Daily Courier is “In the Pink” today.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’ve created a special edition of this newspaper to make you aware of prevention and treatment, as well to provide hope through inspirational survival stories.
We give you some tips on lowering your risk:
• Keep a healthy weight.
• Exercise regularly (at least four hours a week).
• Research shows that lack of nighttime sleep can be a risk factor.
• Don’t drink alcohol, or limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
• Avoid exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer (carcinogens) and chemicals that interfere with the normal function of the body.
• Limit exposure to radiation from medical imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, and PET scans if not medically necessary.
• If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives (birth control pills), ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.
• Breastfeed any children you may have, if possible.
And a few fast facts to digest:
• Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
• Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
• Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.
So, grab your coffee, put up your feet and turn to page 1C for some good, and necessary, reading.