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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Lauri Silnutzer | Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

It’s a shocking statistic that of the 3,710,295,643* women in the world, one in eight** will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. While breast cancer primarily impacts women, incidence among men is not uncommon. It’s a disease that touches the lives of many of those we love, including friends and family members of our team at Designer Protein. 

Only 5% to 10%** of breast cancers occur in women and men with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer incidence is “sporadic,” where there is no direct family history of the disease. Early detection and living a healthy lifestyle have led to a 90%** survival rate in those who have been diagnosed.  

Early detection is very important. Breast cancer stages range from early, curable breast cancer to metastatic breast cancer, with a number of breast cancer treatments. The first sign of breast cancer is often a change, such as a breast lump or an abnormal mammogram. Self-awareness can be helpful. Check your breasts for changes on a monthly basis, and talk to your doctor if you have any worries. In addition to self-checks, make sure you schedule regular mammograms.

We can empower ourselves by choosing healthy lifestyle options to make sure breast cancer risk is as low as possible. Factors, such as eating unhealthy food, lack of exercise, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes have all been linked with an increased risk in the diagnosis and recurrence of breast cancer. Diet, for example, is thought to be at least partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers***.  The good news is even small changes to daily diet can lead to a reduction of risk.

There are many great resources for information about breast cancer. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Designer Protein wants to help by sharing these resources. Download the pamphlets below and share them with your friends and family. When we are silent we give these diseases power, so let’s start a conversation that [we hope] could one day end with the word “cure”. And that conversation starts with you! Be #morethanpink!

*reference.com

**webmd.com

***breastcancer.org

Guide 1:  Healthy Living & Personal Risk Guide

Guide 2: 3 Steps to Early Detection

Guide 3:  Think Pink, Live Green Booklet and Checklist

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