It will be never ending story if we talk about women and breast cancer. Breast cancer is very common among women all over the world. The word cancer itself is very terrifying because it is deadly disease. Yet, for women, breast cancer is more terrifying since breast is women pride. Although you could cure from breast cancer but there still possibility of losing your breast. It means losing your beautiful body and loses your sexuality. Women are afraid that breast cancer will influence their relationship with man. But breast cancer can happen to anyone, and if you have one or more risk factor, you should prepare yourself.
Can I prevent it?
You cannot 100% prevent it, but there is something you can do to reduce the risk. It is involving medication, medical treatment, and lifestyle change.
Medication is one way to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women. Tamoxifen is approved medication. This medicine is approved to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women older than 35 years old. However, the medicine has side effect that may harm your health. You need to consult with your doctor about taking the medicine.
Medical treatment is another way that you can choose in you high risk. You can consult with your doctor to have mastectomy. This is surgical treatment to remove your breast. You can have it before you diagnose with breast cancer. However, it means you will lose your breast and only limited people who possible to have preventive mastectomy. The first possible candidate is women with breast cancer history and one breast already remove. The surgery is purpose to prevent breast cancer re-occur. The other possible candidates are women with defective genes and women with strong history of breast cancer in her family.
Lifestyle change may help you prevent breast cancer, yet medical professionals still arguing about it. However, it may reduce the risk or slower the growth of cancer cell since many foods contains cancer-fighting substances. However, you should not focus your diet with only eating cancer-fighting food, but make it well balance diet involving cancer-fighting food. You need to eat enough portion of food that keeps your weight normal. Then you must eat enough vegetable and fruit, at least 5 serving everyday. You need to avoid refined grain and processed meat. Then you must avoid alcohol.
The other thing very important is always do self-detection on your breast to check whether you see or feel the symptoms. If you reach age of 30 years old, it is better to have breast cancer screening, especially if you high risk. It is better to have it every year because early detection will prevent the worst and may save your life.
If I diagnosed with Breast Cancer
The most important thing when you hear doctor say you have breast cancer is do not panic. This is not the end of the world because there are treatment options and many women survive it. What you have to do is listen to your doctor advice. If you not satisfied with your current doctor, it is okay to have second opinion from other doctor, but do not change and change and change your doctor because you need immediate treatment. Don’t forget to always pray to God.