This is the final1 part of my series on Breast Cancer prevention as part of Pink for October. I got a bit distracted by Halloween that I didn’t get to finish2 this series in October, but we should all be aware about Breast3 Cancer all year round anyway so I figured it would be ok to continue it now.
If you haven’t already, you should really check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 in this series so that it all makes sense to you.
9. Continuing where Part 3 left off, the next tip is for those who are at high risk of getting breast cancer; they say to consider taking drugs that are ‘anti-estrogen’ such as tamoxifen, though I’m not quite sure what that means. I assume it means it kills the excess estrogen that is being produced by your body to help decrease the chance of cancer.
10. How here’s a kick in the pants4, it is suggested to have your children young and breast feed them. “Young” is before 30 apparently. Well, that means I have 3 years and 4 days to have my first child and I’m sorry… but I’m just not ready. I’m still too much of a child to have one of my own. But its a statistical finding so I’m not going to take the advice with a grain of salt and conclude that its ok to have my first child even in my early 30’s. After all, who knows what variables they ignored while conducting their survey?!
11. This one’s a bit of a no-brainer at this stage, though not necessarily for preventing cancer. Avoiding exposure to pesticides is something that we’ve been trying to avoid for a very long time now. But I’m guessing there’s a reason this is at the bottom of the list, apparently there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence linking exposure to the actual disease.
12. And last but not least (Drum roll please)… I wish I had put this as the number one reason but I didn’t want to mix it up in case I forget the order I did them in: Don’t Smoke! Ok so its only indirectly connected to breast cancer, but its directly linked to lung cancer and that’s one cancer too many to be linked to, so why do it? Just stop. Stop. Just stop. Ok? Ya done? Cool.
And finito! I really hope you guys have enjoyed this series. I’m not so sure how good I am at writing series posts so I won’t be doing them that often. But I know I enjoyed trying it out and I’m glad I finished it5.
Have you learnt something from this series?