TITLE: If Only My Mom or Someone Had Told Me? , #23
By gene hudgens
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Breast Cancer is a Teen Issue, even though most breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.
Why is this a teen issue when few teens have breast cancer?
It is a Teen Issue, because there are things all teens can do “as teens” to lower “their” risk of cancer in any of their adult years.
We have all seen the advertisements, “We are what we eat.” Today more and more doctors point to research that clearly shows that a proper diet has been proven to be the most effective way to reduce the risk of breast cancer. A healthy diet does even more…it helps us maintain overall good health.
OK, what does all of this have to do with Teens? What we teens do to or for our body will effect our body for the rest of our lives.
All teens (each and every one of us) have the opportunity to do things each day that can and will reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Avoiding the bad things can be as beneficial as doing the right things. It is dangerous to our body if our diet is high in fats (meat and dairy products, margarine, fried fast-foods), high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (pies and pastries), high in salt or are charcoal cooked.
Smoking is the #1 BAD LIFE STYLE habit to avoid. Smoking significantly contributes to lung cancer, which is the number one cancer killer and to breast cancer. If you smoke…stop smoking! Excessive alcohol consumption and a lack of sufficient physical activity are definite areas of concern.
Exercise is likely the most important issue for all teens (girls and boys). Exercise, especially in teens and young women, contributes to a decreased breast cancer risk because it can decrease hormone levels and avoid obesity (both of which increase breast cancer risks.
Effective exercising thirty minutes a day, five times a week will make you feel better and will certainly aid your overall health. Vary your exercises each day as you run up and down some stairs, jog, dance, run, walk at a rapid pace, play tennis or other sport…or purposely misplace your car keys.
Studies show that those who have healthy eating habits and exercise regularly can prevent 50 percent of cancers. These odds make it worthwhile our effort when we are very young.
As a teen girl (a very young teen) (and a wise teen) we should seriously consider:
* Learning our family history of breast cancer.
* Visit a doctor each year for a clinical breast exam.
* Ask our doctor to explain how to properly do your monthly breast self-exam.
* Ask our doctor to explain our personal breast cancer risk factors.
* Begin a daily diet high in fiber, fruits and vegetables.
* Wear sunscreen every month of the year to add a little more overall protection
against all types of cancer.
* Scheduling a gynecology exam every year. It is very necessary that every woman
begin having a Pap smear from age 21. Every wise woman will have an annual
gynecology exam to screen for cancers and other diseases. Every wise teen age
girl that is sexually active (regardless of age) should have this annual exam. Some
STDs can cause cancer and some STDs have no symptoms. So a wise teen girl
can assume that the only way to identify a disease in the early stages is by an
and blood tests. Our body is too important to take any chances.
© Gene Hudgens
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