Prevention is key in breast cancer fight

Published 10:44 pm Monday, October 25, 2010

Being proactive and taking preventative measures against breast cancer can be a lifesaver.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Genetics play a major role in breast cancer, but lifestyle factors and early evaluations are essential to reducing the risk.

“Eating better and exercising more are key to preventing breast cancer,” said Ann Glascock, Relay for Life chairperson. “With the busy lifestyles we all lead today, we think it doesn’t allow for exercise and better eating habits, but it is something we need to stop and implement in our daily lives.”

Things such as exercising regularly and limiting fat intake can help reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Getting annual check-ups and performing Breast Self-Examinations (BSE) are vital to detecting breast cancer early.

“A lot of people don’t realize that a mammogram can detect a lump before it is felt,” said Glascock. “Annual check-ups and having discussions with your doctor about anything that feels unusual are essential.

“Early detection is the key to survival.”

There are more than 2 and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United Stated, according to the American Cancer Society.
Linda Hand, a two-time breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed and successfully cured because of early detection and receiving annual check-ups. Hand, now a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and is the Relay for Life survivor sponsor.

“Although it is the most common type, it is one of the most easily cured with early detection,” said Glascock.

For more information regarding breast cancer prevention, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit the website at