Women are raised to be conscious of our breasts, for many reasons. Often, they give us the first symptoms of pregnancy, our menstrual cycles, cancer. Which is why we immediately jump to the fear when there is a lump in our breast. We know that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and that lump could mean little else.
In knowing this, we want to share a few surprising breast cancer awareness facts you may not know.
99% breast cancer patients will survive at least 5 years after the first diagnosis, this happens when the cancer is located only in the breast. With inavisive breast cancer, this rate goes down to 91%. As approximately 62.5% of cases are caught in the early stages, most women survive. Even 10 years after diagnosis, the survival rate still remains high, at about 84%.
It turns out the clichéd saying ‘Drink 8 glasses of water a day’ holds some water to it after all! Staying well-hydrated is a key part of cancer prevention as water is necessary for the healthy growth and reproduction of your body’s cells.
During treatment, it becomes even more important to drink water as chemotherapy and other cancer medications are severely dehydrating. Hence, replenishing your body’s water stores is a key part to recovery.
As a general guideline, you should be drinking around 64 ounces of water a day. If you have trouble in measuring your daily water intake, we can help you with this solution!
There is a misconception going around that as men don’t have breasts, they can’t get breast cancer. This is definitely misinformation! Men do have breast tissue and though it is rare, cancerous tumours can form in said tissue. This rarity works against their favour, as breast cancer in men is usually detected only in the later, malignant stages, which results in a higher mortality rate for male patients as compared to female patients.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently found out that women who worked 30 years or longer on night shifts were twice as likely to develop breast cancer. Though there isn’t substantial research on this topic, it is best to take preventative measures and avoid working night shifts for years on end.
According to multiple studies, your left breast is 5-10% more likely to get cancer than your right. This information might not seem very useful now, but it could be in the future. For example, according to an investigation into Left and Right Sided Breast Cancer by Tulinius H, Sigvaldason H, and Olafsdóttir G, it was discovered that cancer of the right breast was much more likely to be genetic than that of the left breast. This is very useful information if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer on the right side, or have a history of breast cancer running in your family.