October is National Breast Cancer month and when you will start seeing PINK all around! The pink color that symbolizes breast cancer awareness was chosen as a sign of calming, quiet and playfulness. We here at Queen City Elder Care wanted to share some insight into increasing breast cancer awareness in older women.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. Did you know half of the breast cancer diagnosis are found in women over 60 years old? No matter how old you are, there are breast cancer risk factors however age can be a significant one. Here are a few other risk factors according to the CDC.
• Lack of exercise
• Exposure to radiation
• Use of oral birth control
• Breast tissue density
• Late menopause or post-menopause weight gain
• High alcohol consumption daily
• Family history
Maintaining a healthy diet and staying physically fit are great ways to prevent disease. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, you may want to get the BRCA screening. The BRCA mutation is a mutation of the genes that can increase your risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer. Whether you have a history of breast cancer in your family or not, it is important to get screened, perform home self-checks and get regular mammograms.
If you or a loved one is recovering from cancer in the greater Cincinnati, Oh area and need qualified in-home caregivers, give Queen City Elder Care a call today.