Breast Cancer Awareness: Make a promise to take care of yourself

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer we encounter at Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKMCH). It is also the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide.

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) and SKMCH have launched a month long campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer. Here’s a reminder that we should remain breast cancer aware every day and not just for one month out of the year. You’re precious. Make a promise today to take care of yourself, and share these tips with all the precious women you know.

  • Based on research, avoiding synthetic chemicals in cosmetics, cleaning and personal care products can reduce your risk of breast cancer. Many synthetic chemicals have been linked to common health problems. Some of these are Endocrine Disrupting Hormones (EDCs), which can interfere with hormones to increase risk of breast cancer.
  • Maintain your optimum BMI. Obesity is the root of many potentially fatal health problems including cancer.
  • Research shows that having high levels of some hormones can increase your risk of cancer. Regular exercise can keep your hormone levels at a healthy balance. Even a brisk walk for 30 mins a day will do you wonders.
  • Breastfeeding has been proven to have a protective effect against breast cancer. Breast is also best for your baby. So for all the (potential) mothers out there, don’t miss out on this miraculous gift of nature, which can protect you and your baby from disease.
  • Maintaining a balance diet can reduce your risk of breast cancer. Make sure you have a good intake of antioxidants, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, green tea and fish. Also, avoid alcohol consumption and drink lots and lots of water.
  • Hormone replacement therapy used to manage symptoms of menopause can potentially cause breast cancer. Avoid them if you can or make sure you have regular medical check-ups and mammograms.
  • Smoking is one of the leading causes of nearly 15 types of cancer, including breast cancer. Quit it before it’s too late, and avoid passive smoking where you can.

Find Out about the non-modifiable risk factors of breast cancer and what to do if they apply to you. 

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