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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness

. . . . S T A T U S
Mood : ok-ok 

I am reading the newspaper and come across this article on the Health section: Eyeing breasts.

Oh well, as an English language specialized student, I need to point out that there is no such word as "eyeing"? And do you know why the newspaper still publish this word with font 46? "Eyeing" is a catchy register that attracts our attention.

Anyway, I think nobody is interested in reading the whole bla-bla-bla article about the history of breasts cancer and blaaa.. That's really very tedious!

Why do I still write such boring crap then? Oh well, I find a segment of the article quite interesting and I think you will be interested to know as well.

You don't want this, do you?
So, do stop whatever you are doing and read \/

Who are prone to getting breasts cancer???
This is no joke. 
More and more women today are reported having breasts cancer. X.X

This article is originally written by Dr. Milton Lum.

  1. Age. The older a woman is, the greater the risk. However, the risk is not the same for all women in a certain age group. 
  2. Personal history. Women who had breast cancer are more likely to develop another breast cancer.
  3. Family history. The risk is increased in women whose mother, sister and/or daughter have breast cancer, particularly if it occurred before 50 years of age. It is also increased if a male relative has breast cancer. 
  4. Genetic history. Women who have BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are at increased risk. Those who have certain changes in these genes have more risk than those without the changes.
  5. Menstrual history. Women whose first menstrual period occurred before 12 years of age, or whose menopause occurred after 55 years of age.
  6. Reproductive history. Women who delivered a baby after 30 years of age or who never delivered a baby.
  7. Hormone therapy. Women who use combined oestrogen and progestogen hormone therapy for more than 5 years. Women who took diethylstilbestrol (DES) to prevent miscarriage may have a slightly increased risk. The effects of DES in the daughters of women who took it remain unclear. 
  8. Radiation therapy. Women who had radiation therapy to the chest, including the breast. 
  9. Body weight. The risk is increased in the overweight or obese. 
  10. Physical activity. Physical inactivity throughout life may increase risk. This means, move your ass and start exercising!
  11. Alcohol consumption. The greater the consumption, the greater the risk. 
  12. Breast density. Women with dense breast tissue have a higher risk. This means cup A ladies are more lucky?
  13. Breast biopsy changes. The risk is increased in women with increased abnormal but non-cancerous cells (atypical hyperplasia), abnormal but non-invasive cells in the lobules (lobular carcinoma in situ) and in the ducts (ductal carcinoma in situ). 

Just some schematic diagrams to show you the parts for better understanding.

Previously, I have come across an article from Facebook saying that women who shave or pluck their armpit hair are prone to getting breasts cancer. = = " There is nothing similar to that found in this article. Hence, I am doubting the reliability of that Facebook article. 

(This is made for those who still find that the 13 points listed above are too lengthy) 
  1.  Exercise!! 
  2. Stay active physically!!
  3. Give birth to one baby at least in your life.
  4. BUT don't give birth anymore when you are 30 years old and above. 
  5. Don't take alcohol like water. 
Well, basically these 5 points listed above are what precautionary measures that you can do. Other than that, it is basically out of your control.

For example: Having your first menstrual period occurred before 12 years of age? 

This certainly looks much better compared to any of the photos above.
Anyway, I hope that you are conscious of the symptoms of breasts cancer.

Alright, I should get back to my work.
I hope that this piece of information is useful to you.

Say goodluck to me because in 2 weeks time, I am having my finals for my first year degree semester 1.


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