Are You at Risk of Having Breast Cancer?

Hey there, lovely people! Been a while we talked. My mom and dad were in town visiting their newest grandson who, by the way looks a lot like his grandfather (my dad) but of course the more cuter, fairer and chubbier baby version of him. 😀 This weekend, on one of our touristy trips we went to the Beach at JBR and both me and mom coincidentally wore pink.

While we were busy taking our ‘mom and daughter duo’ selfies, it occurred to me that we were subconsciously celebrating / supporting the Pink month. This thought lead to another more pressing thought. Is only wearing something pink enough or just verbally supporting a cause so close to us as women, enough? The answer is No. You knowing and being aware is one thing but spreading the awareness and educating others around you about Breast Cancer is the real deal.

As knowledgeable and smart women, each one of us hold this responsibility to educate more women around us. With this mission in mind, I started looking up some key information about Breast Cancer that I could share with the rest of you. For example, did you know that ‘All women are at risk of Breast Cancer’?

Although the usual age to start having your mammogram is 40 plus but women at higher risk of breast cancer are advised to have their screening done when they turn 30 and even earlier, if possible. You can be at high risk of breast cancer if any of below facts apply to you;

– You have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer

– Your First degree relative e.g. Mother or Sister was diagnosed with Breast or Ovarian Cancer

– Your Second degree relative e.g. your Aunt or Second cousin was diagnosed with Breast Cancer

– You were identified with BRCA gene 1 and 2 mutation

– You had Early onset of Menstruation

– You had Late Pregnancies

– You did not Breastfeed your child

– You have high BMI or are Obese

– You Smoke or consume Alcohol regularly

If you can relate to any one of these scenarios, I strongly suggest you go and get yourself checked. Finding out early is way better than detecting breast cancer at its later stage as it is believed that breast cancer detected at the early stage is 100 percent curable. All the more reasons to nip the evil in the bud.

Let me know if you are planning on getting yourself checked and if yes, are you planning on taking your mom, daughter, sister or girlfriend along? Spread awareness, ladies. Let’s not wear pink just for the heck of it, let’s wear it for all the right reasons and more!

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