Friday, October 26, 2007

Think Pink to Fight Breast Cancer.

In 1993, President Clinton named October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the third Friday in October as National Mammography Day in the U.S. The rest of the world was quick to adopt this new American tradition. India too is no exception to this. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing rapidly in India and it has overtaken cancer of the cervix, statistics reveal. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting females. The rise is being documented mainly in the metros, but it can be safely said that many cases in rural areas go unnoticed. It is reported that one in 22 women in India is likely to suffer from breast cancer during her lifetime. Sadly Indian women not only from suburban cities but even from big metropolitans like mumbai tend to neglect themselves in between various roles they have to play on a day to day basis.
Shoeflower @ Calangute

To prevent a disease, one needs to mitigate the risk factors that may lead to breast disease and breast cancer. The mere presence of risk factors is not synonymous with the occurrence of breast cancer nor can all risk factors for breast cancer be mitigated or modified. The following universal suggestions may be made for all Indian women:

  • A diet low in fat and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (through fresh fruits and vegetables).
  • Regular exercise and weight reduction.
  • Alcohol consumption must be avoided or minimised.
  • Avoid use of tobacco. While tobacco does not lead directly to breast cancer, it can lead to certain benign breast diseases.
  • Oral contraceptive pills and Hormone Replacement Treatment must be undertaken under the close supervision of a health care provider.
  • Self-breast examination must be practiced monthly from teenage onwards by all women.
  • Clinical breast examination may be undertaken annually with one's health care provider.
    Think Pink to Fight Breast Cancer.


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