October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink ribbon is the International symbol of breast cancer prevention.
Breast cancer is the second most prominent cancer that assails Indian women. Urban Indian women are said to be more susceptible to breast cancer than rural women. A woman with family history of breast cancer is 15% more susceptible to the disease.
Following are the breast cancer stats for India:
Breast Cancer Stats in India
Source: Hindu Oct, 17 2004
Simple suggestions for women to combat breast cancer:
- Have a diet low in fat and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Do regular exercise and have reduced weight.
- Avoid/minimize alcohol consumption.
- Avoid use of tobacco. While tobacco does not lead directly to breast cancer, it can lead to certain benign breast diseases.
- Always take oral contraceptive pills and hormone replacement treatment under the close supervision of a health care provider.
- Conduct a monthly self-breast examination from teenage.
- Conduct an annual clinical breast examination with a doctor.
Most woman undergo an identity crisis after losing their breast to the disease. Yet, there are some breast cancer victims who bounced back to work for this cause. Here is a TIME photo essay about these heroes [forgive the gender-bias, all heroes referred here are women, of course :)].
My favorite breast cancer hero in this photo essay is, of course, from India: 56-year-old Rama Sivaram from Pune. 🙂
Click here daily to give a free mammogram. For every click, the sponsers of this Breast Cancer site distribute a free mammogram. Isn’t that great idea! 🙂
BBC Health: Know about Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer is Preventable