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This month, October, is a very important time for the fight against breast cancer. Men and women everywhere rally to end the epidemic that affects so many women (and men, too!) across our nation. It’s a time for coming together, educating, and making improvements.
Some of these improvements are made at a national level in the government, but others can be made by you, on a personal and private level. After all, the object of defeating breast cancer often centers on prevention, and no one can take steps towards prevention but you. So what can you do?
First, you need to understand some of the factors that cause breast cancer, so you know how to circumvent and avoid them.
I think one popular misconception about cancer (particularly in younger people) is that it is some type of “wasting” disease. People think that it “takes away” from your body. But what actually happens is that it “adds” to your body in that you develop a tumor. Abnormal cells grow too quickly and multiply to form lumps that we call tumors. These are caused by cellular mutation, which has a variety of causes.
Age, gender, genetics, and your environment are all factors that cause breast cancer. Of course, you didn’t choose to be a woman, you didn’t choose your genetics, and you can’t change your age, either, but there are other things you can to do help with the prevention of breast cancer.
Please remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so do more than just wear pink! Put forth the effort to take care of yourself and contribute to ending cancer for good.