GOOD THURSDAY to ALL of My CRAZY COOL GROOVY!!! Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frenemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky Fresh Fly Folks of ALL Colors, Shapes, Sizes, Flavors, Persuasions, and Denominations who are BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, SOLDIERS, FAMILY SUPPORTERS, and FALLEN ANGELS!!!
If you follow CRAZY COOL GROOVY!!! on the regular, then YOU DO KNOW that each year, WE DO actively participate in the acknowledgement, honoring, and commemoration of the month of OCTOBER as NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH (NBCAM), or; for many, simply BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
WHAT Is BREAST CANCER???
NIPPLE DISCHARGE - CLEAR Or BLOODY:
It is also important to note that a milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor, although it is not linked with breast cancer.
WHAT Are SOME RISK FACTORS For BREAST CANCER???
- Being female. Women are much more likely than men are to develop breast cancer.
- Increasing age. Your risk of breast cancer increases as you age.
- A personal history of breast cancer. If you've had breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast.
- A family history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly at a young age, your risk of breast cancer is increased. Still, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
- Inherited genes that increase cancer risk. Certain gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer can be passed from parents to children. The most common gene mutations are referred to as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes can greatly increase your risk of breast cancer and other cancers, but they don't make cancer inevitable.
- Radiation exposure. If you received radiation treatments to your chest as a child or young adult, your risk of breast cancer is increased.
- Obesity. Being obese increases your risk of breast cancer.
- Beginning your period at a younger age. Beginning your period before age 12 increases your risk of breast cancer.
- Beginning menopause at an older age. If you began menopause at an older age, you're more likely to develop breast cancer.
- Having your first child at an older age. Women who give birth to their first child after age 30 may have an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Having never been pregnant. Women who have never been pregnant have a greater risk of breast cancer than do women who have had one or more pregnancies.
- Postmenopausal hormone therapy. Women who take hormone therapy medications that combine estrogen and progesterone to treat the signs and symptoms of menopause have an increased risk of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer decreases when women stop taking these medications.
- Drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.
CAN YOU REDUCE Your RISK For BREAST CANCER???
- 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.
- Staying healthy throughout your life will lower your risk of developing cancer, and improve your chances of surviving cancer if it occurs
ABOVE ALL; if you notice anything unusual about your BREASTS, NIPPLES, or, LYMPH NODE area, make it a point to contact your physician.
TAKE OFF Your BRA, LOOK At YOUR BREASTS, TOUCH Your BREASTS, And TAKE CARE Of YOURSELVES!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And BEAUTIFUL, BOUNTIFUL BRALESS THURSDAY BLESSINGS;