Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The River and Air Services Heating & Cooling/ All Service Plumbing support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Listen to The River for tips and facts about Breast Cancer, or read below. 

1)      There are many myths concerning breast cancer- here are some facts:

                While the risk of breast cancer increases with age,  all women are at risk for getting breast cancer;                        most women who get breast cancer have no family history..however having a mother sister or                    daughter with breast cancer is an increased risk.

2)       Most women with breast cancer have no known risks except being a woman and getting older- all women are at risk;  because the causes of breast cancer are not yet fully known, there’s no way to prevent it, but taking these steps may help reduce your risk:  maintaining a healthy weight,  adding exercise to your routine and limiting alcohol intake and postmenopausal hormones.

3)      There are many myths concerning breast cancer- here are some facts:   breastfeeding actually may decrease a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer; also the older a woman is, the more likely she is to get breast cancer, but women in their 20’s can also get the disease.

4)      Anyone can get breast cancer-, although white women are the most likely to get the disease more than any other racial or ethnic group. African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer,  and one in every hundred cases of breast cancer will occur in a man.

5)      Although all women are at risk for breast cancer,  there are some risk factors that increase ones chance-  family history,  starting menopause after age 55 and not having children.

6)      Just because other family members have had breast cancer doesn’t mean their disease was inherited. In the US, only about 5-10 % of breast cancers occur in inherited mutations.

7)      In general, the survival rate in the US is pretty good. The 5 year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is 90%. This means that 90 out of every 100 women with breast cancer will survive for at least 5 years. Most will live a full life with no recurrences.

8)      The best way to find breast cancer is to get screened. A mammogram can find cancer in its earliest stages, even before a l ump can be felt and all women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year.

9)      Most women have more than one known risk factor for breast cancer, but will never get the disease. Some known factors include:  being a woman, getting older, having a personal history of breast or ovarian cancer, having high breast density, having your first child after 35, high bone density and being overweight after menopause.

10)   Since men do have breast tissue, they can get breast cancer, although it is rare. About 1% of all cases  in the US are with men. A change in the breast, c hest or nipple area can be a warning sign for men and finding the cancer early can improve survival.

11)   There are several known factors that increase the risk of male breast cancer, including, family  history, getting older, chronic liver disorders, heavy alcohol use, obesity and exposure to large amounts of radiation early in life.

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