HOW I SURVIVED BREAST CANCER – WOMAN TELLS HER STORY
The month of October being breast cancer awareness month is paved way for TWI foundation to support another beneficiary topay for her final bill for her breast cancer treatment.
This was done through a health walk organized by Twellium industrial company limited, producers of Verna Mineral water with support from Lister hospital and flash mob Ghana on 14thOctober, 2017.
The programme started with a health walk from kanda and ended at Azuma nelson sport complex.
The team had aerobics after the walk then followed by a breast screening exercise by lister hospital.
Cecilia Boamah, a breast cancer survivor threw more light on the sickness and talked from experience about how the disease.
Over the years a lot of woman lose their lives through this cancer and Twellium saw the need to help Madam Cecilia Boamah who has been battling with this disease since 2008.
“My life came to a halt when I contracted the disease. I didn’t pay attention to it in the early days until it got out of hand but now a light us shined on me” thank you Verna water.
Her advice is early detection saves lives so women should constantly check their breast and avoid things like drinking in excess which is a risk factor.
This is another life touching initiative by Twellium foundation.
What can I do to reduce my risk of breast cancer?
Lifestyle changes have been shown in studies to decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women. The following are steps you can take to lower your risk:
- Limit alcohol. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. The general recommendation — based on research on the effect of alcohol on breast cancer risk — is to limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk.
- Don’t smoke. Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. In addition, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
- Control your weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. This is especially true if obesity occurs later in life, particularly after menopause.
- Be physically active. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent breast cancer. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week.
- Breast-feed. Breast-feeding might play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect.
- Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy. Combination hormone therapy for more than three to five years increases the risk of breast cancer. If you’re taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, ask your doctor about other options. You might be able to manage your symptoms with nonhormonal therapies and medications. If you decide that the benefits of short-term hormone therapy outweigh the risks, use the lowest dose that works for you and continue to have your doctor monitor the length of time you are taking hormones.
- Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. Medical-imaging methods, such as computerized tomography, use high doses of radiation. While more studies are needed, some research suggests a link between breast cancer and radiation exposure. Reduce your exposure by having such tests only when absolutely necessary.
Eating a healthy diet might decrease your risk of some types of cancer, as well as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Example Salmon, Olive Oil, Coffee, Plums & Peaches, Beans, Walnuts.
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