By Dr. Ladel Lewis
Breast health awareness should be at an all-time high. However, out of fear, too many are choosing ignorance over responsiveness. Women (and men) young and old are dealing with this disease that doesn’t have a respective race, gender or age. According to the Cancer Centers of America, this year alone, more than 190,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer. We must be one step ahead of the game. Read below to determine if you have any current risk factors associated with breast cancer.
Having a family history of breast cancer, and some inherited genetic mutations may increase your breast cancer risks.
Obesity, not having children, having less fatty tissue and more glandular and fibrous beast tissue, and having an early menstrual history/experience late menopause (after age 55) could pose a risk as well.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle as well as being a heavy alcohol drinker increases the risk of developing breast cancer.
Using oral contraceptives, combined post-menopausal hormone therapy (PHT) and Radiation exposure add to the list of risk factors as well.
Educating one another about early detection, proper nutrition and being active saves lives. Ask cancer survivor Sandra Whisphant. Not only does she work out on a regular basis and eats a balanced diet, she recites the poem “What Cancer Cannot Do” as a daily affirmation. Being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2008 has taught her the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy spirit in order to prolong a healthy and productive life. She recommends this inspirational poem for survivors and their loved ones alike. I hope it touches you in a special way and speaks life to your spirit as well.
“What Cancer Cannot Do”
Cancer is so limited…Cancer Cannot Do”
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
A native of Flint, Michigan, Dr. Ladel Lewis is a Senior Research Strategist and partner at Meaningful Evidence LLC., a research consulting firm based out of the Washington DC Metropolitan area.