Yesterday someone blogged "Mammogram anyone? ", which reminded me of the fact that it was breast cancer awareness last month and I actually went to have one done as the insurance would also pay for it during that month.My husband found some info and passed it onto me and I found the link on the web.
Just a few facts here if you do not want to read the whole article:
- the incidence is now 1 in 8 which is frighteningly high
- plastics have long been suspected of being a link to breast cancer, this has not been confirmed
- early puberty and obesity are risk factors
- chemicals and toxins in water seem to increase the risk
- genetics play a definite role, read the story on Angelina Jolie who was in the news recently
- there is a new three dimensional scan available which is more sensitive than the conventional mammogram. In Cape Town it is available in the Southern Suburbs.
- a mammogram is done in conjunction with an Ultrasound which increases the sensitivity
- a mammogram is not nearly as painful as is made out to be
- mammograms save lives and should be done yearly
The bottom line:
lifestyle and environmental factors play a role. Childhood obesity leads to earlier puberty and increases the risk. Filtered water may be the way to go.
We only drink filtered water at home( and I at work). It improves the taste and may well improve your health as well.
Here is to increase awareness.