Many charities have an awareness day throughout the year, but breast cancer has an awareness campaign that lasts a whole month! If you have ever wondered why…I will tell you – Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and worldwide. The life-time risk of being diagnosed is 1 in 9, in 2008 that equated to 48,034 diagnosed with Breast Cancer. In the same year 12116 people died from the disease according to stats provided by Cancer Research UK.
Breast cancer is normally a combination of your genes, your lifestyle and your family history. Obviously you cannot control all of these things, but there are things that you can do that can reduce the risk or make an impact on your recovery should you get a diagnosis:
Review your alcohol consumption. Small amounts of alcohol induce hormone changes, particularly oestrogen which is related to certain breast cancers, so calculate your units, check % of alcohol in drinks and have at least two alcohol free days per week. (more…)