When you combine internet search and breasts, your disposition should usually be much better than it was before you started. Enter National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Unfortunately, hating it doesn't work nearly as well as getting screened and taking preventive measures will. If you own one or more breasts, here are some of the things you need to do to maintain them:
- Learn about it by reading a guide on breast cancer.
- Know if cancer is in your family history. If it is, don't despair, just take extra precautions.
- Get a clinical exam every 2-3 years from the age of 20.
- Get a mammogram and exam every year after the age of 40.
- Do a self-exam every single month, even if you slack on the other stuff.
Yes, it's true the risk of breast cancer goes up after 40, but the risk of everything goes up the longer you're alive. More old people die from falling accidents, but you probably still treat the navigation of great heights with a healthy dose of caution. Treat cancer the same way. Read about breast cancer now, so maybe someday you won't have to regret not reading it.
Nearly 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected this year and nearly 40,000 deaths will be attributed to this disease. That's forty thousand grandmas, moms, daughters, wives, and sisters leaving us behind every year. Men are not in the clear, either. Nearly 2,000 men are anticipated to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, too.
Those statistics are just the numbers for invasive breast cancer--the truly nasty kind most likely to spread to other parts of the body. There are plenty of other non-invasive yet still terribly destructive forms which can occur.
If you find yourself unable to squeeze a bit of routine maintenance in for your own benefit, do it for the people you care about. Cancer is a hideous, painful disease that brutalizes you along with everyone you love. Cancer affects almost 40% of us in our lifetimes already, and it doesn't deserve any more opportunities than it already gets.