October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Contrary to popular belief – most breast cancer is an “acquired” cancer – the genetic mutation that occurred to cause the cancer happened some time (or a number of mutations) during our life time – they are not hereditary cancers.

Only 5-10% of cancers are thought to be hereditary or “germline” inherited genes. Examples of this are BRCA, PALB2, HBOC… all of which can be discovered through genetic counselling.

The great news: We have a great deal of power in preventing breast cancer.

  • 246,660 women and 2,600 men are estimated to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2016
  • 54,000 additional women are estimated to be diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ)
  • Mortality… 40,890 women and men are estimated

Understanding the Basics of Breast Cancer

There is no sense in worrying about something that you don’t understand or know much about. Breast cancer carries the stigma of an indiscriminate killer but there is much about this disease that people do not know. If you are worried about it, you should know why it is legitimate to worry and why, in some ways, it isn’t.

Breast Cancer Statistics

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2017. About 63,410 new cases of CIS (carcinoma in situ), the earliest and non-invasive form of breast cancer, will be diagnosed the same year. Additionally, about 40,610 women will die from the disease.

These numbers are significant as …

Best 10 Health Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention

October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month. It is every woman’s duty to take care of their health. Here are some tips to protect your breasts from cancer.

Exercise Regularly: “Keep moving every day”. Exercise is your best friend when it comes to any health-related problem. The more you sweat, the more calories you burn and this helps you stay healthy.

Go for regular checkups: Visit your doctor every now and then, especially if you have any doubts. This is not a condition where you can think and postpone your doctor visit to the next month or even later. The earlier you get diagnosed, the earlier you will save yourself!

Know your family history: It is important to …

Simple Tips For Detecting and Avoiding Breast Cancer

When it comes to cancers, women have to be vigilant about what is going on with their bodies. Amidst the most common forms of the malady is that of breast cancer. While it claims thousands of lives annually, it can be detected early, treated, and in many instances completely eradicated. Women today should be aware of how to detect for these cells, as there are some ways to figure out whether or not something is awry. Aside from that, a little bit of prevention may help keep cancerous cells from forming, and can help with healing down the line.


The first thing that women can do is focus on self-testing. This is a solution that involves pushing and feeling …