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Dr. Cadigan (aka Dr. Squirrel) goes to many conferences a year, and reads all the latest literature on Women’s health. Below is the latest information on Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer Update: October is breast cancer awareness month. So I thought that an update is appropriate. We know that drinking alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Being overweight increases breast cancer risk. There is evidence that physical activity in the form of exercise reduces breast cancer risk. Long term smoking is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. There are some controversial factors and email rumors. Bras are not linked to breast cancer, breast implants do not increase the risk of breast cancer, and antiperspirants do not increase the risk of breast cancer. Current guidelines are for every year beginning at age 40. There are different views on when and how often to have a mammogram, we recommend beginning at age 40 and continuing for your life. For women at high risk with the BRAC1, BRAC2, TP53, PTEN genes and strong family history screening should begin sooner. According to a new report, more women aged 25 to 39 are being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. For reasons still unknown, the disease is more aggressive in younger women. Studies did not address potential causes, which have flummoxed some of the country’s preeminent experts. Is it the environment? Something in our diet? Early detection is key and women have to be proactive. Younger women have dense breast which makes 2D mammograms harder to read but with the new tomosynthesis, a 3D mammogram, a revolutionary diagnostic tool, early detection is now possible in these younger women.
Fitness: Regular exercise has more power to protect your health than any medicine ever invented.The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends 45 to 60 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week to reduce the threat of breast cancer. Of course, exercise is good for our heart and all parts of our body. Remember walking is a good form of exerise! A fun motivator is a clip that fastens to your clothing/bra and tells you how many steps you have taken, one good one is Fitbit.
Keep walking, drink less and get regular check ups! House of Squirrels cares about all of you!
~Kisses Dr. Squirrel