A Local Solution
As of 2021, Breast cancer is the most common cancer globally, accounting for 12% of all new annual cancer cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. It has become even more of a reality that we will all know someone throughout our lives affected by this disease, and with that in mind, on September 24th, 2022 a team of our Nice Guys and Gals will be hiking the Dipsea Trail in Mill Valley alongside Zero Breast Cancer (ZBC) to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer prevention.
“Your support makes it possible for us to promote breast cancer risk reduction through the translation of scientific research and evidence-based recommendations that support health and wellness at key stages of life. Together, let’s envision a world with zero breast cancer!’’
-Zero Breast Cancer
We’ve set our fundraising goal at $5,000, and would love any support possible as we’re gearing up for our hike! Donations to our Nice Guys team
can be made by clicking below!
ZBC’s focus on modifiable risk factors in our community or individuals ensures your donation will make a difference close to home, here in Marin County! We greatly appreciate any support we can provide to this cause.
Read below for more information on Breast Cancer Prevention.
ZBC’s 13 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer campaign educates people about actions they can take to reduce their lifetime risk of breast cancer in several formats. Included are lifestyle, environmental, and medical actions we can take to lower our breast cancer risk and improve overall health and wellness.
Early Detection is Crucial
Early detection of symptoms is the most potent tool in the arsenal against breast cancer. Performing monthly self-exams is the simplest and most accessible form of prevention. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program which helps uninsured, underserved, and/or low-income individuals gain access to necessary screening services. They can provide mammograms, exams, and Pap tests, in addition to diagnostic testing for abnormal screening outcomes. If you are over the age of 40 you should consult your doctor about mammogram frequency. If you are in need of a low-cost or free screening you can find one near you with this interactive map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Steps To Stay Healthy
While it can be frightening learning that 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, there are risk reduction steps you can take:
Here are five lifestyle choices that, according to Amy Marturana at http://self.com/, can make a significant impact on reducing your risk for breast cancer:
Maintain a healthy weight.
This one is especially important for adults, according to Cynthia Zahnow, Johns Hopkins professor of oncology. Weight gain, especially after menopause, can increase one’s risk for the disease, while keeping your weight in check has the opposite effect. This can be achieved by eating a healthy diet and engaging in physical activity.
The more you move, the better. Studies show that the more physical activity you engage in, the greater the risk reduction. 30 to 60 minutes of moderate- to high-intensity exercise daily can significantly decrease your risk for breast cancer.
Decrease alcohol consumption.
Because alcohol increases estrogen levels, it also increases the risk of breast cancer. Self.com suggests limiting alcohol consumption to one drink or fewer today. This is even more crucial for those with a family history of breast cancer or other big risk factors, according to Zahnow.
Put down the cigarette.
Though there is some controversy as to what extent smoking affects one’s chances of getting breast cancer, Zahnow suggests quitting the butts to avoid the risk.
Manage your menopause, minus the hormones.
Combination hormone therapy, which minimizes the symptoms of menopause, can increase breast cancer risk if used for more than three years. Self.com suggests discussing non-hormonal treatments with your doctor or using a low dose of hormonal therapy.
More Resources are Available
For more data and more information on early detection and treatment options, here’s a list of great resources.