It is said that in the United States, 1 in every 8 women (and 1 in every 1,000 men) will contract breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which just ended, survivors from right here in Houston recently shared tips on how they learned to make the most out of their diagnosis, stay as healthy as possible, and go from being a victim to a survivor.
- Always attending yearly mammograms and performing monthly self-breast exams. This can help detect the cancer as soon as possible with the highest rate of survival.
- Staying educated on your risk for breast cancer and telling your doctor about any concerns immediately.
- Surrounding yourself with supportive people who will help keep you optimistic and looking ahead. Positive attitudes can always help, whether those are found in support groups, family, friends or faith.
- Remaining active. Exercise, daily activities, and hobbies are good for morale and overall general health. One survivor credits physical exercise, during and after treatment, with her consistent health and wellness.
- Eating as healthy as possible, especially during treatment. This can help cut down on weight gain, which can cause cancer sufferers to have greater risks.
- Limiting alcohol consumption.
- Being aware of the risk of male breast cancer. Many men feel that the diagnosis is impossible or highly unlikely for their gender, making them less likely to report lumps or other signs until the cancer has reached a deadly stage.
- Remaining hopeful!
You can read more of your hometown survivor’s stories and tips for staying healthy and hopeful here.
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