Did you know that South African women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime?
This is a frightening statistic, but there are steps that you can take to lessen your chance of getting breast cancer.
Your lifestyle could lower your risk of getting breast cancer
The good news is that changing your habits and living a healthier life can lower your risk of getting breast cancer.
For example, being overweight or inactive, consuming alcohol or having a poor diet, smoking as well as exposure to chemicals could increase your risk of getting breast cancer. Women with a family history are also at risk of developing breast cancer.
Making a point of eating better and getting regular exercise are easy steps that you can start taking today to minimise
your risk of getting breast cancer.
Warning signs of breast cancer to look out for
Look out for these signs and see your doctor or go to your nearest clinic if you are worried about your breast health.
- Puckering of the skin of the breast
- Swelling in the armpit
- Swollen glands at the armpit
- One breast is unusually large
- One breast is unusually lower than the other
- Dimpling of the nipple or nipple retraction
- Nipple discharge
You should also do self-examinations every month to make sure that you don’t feel any lumps in your breasts.
Show your support for breast cancer awareness a step at a time
What better way to get exercise and show your support for breast cancer awareness than by taking part in the iThemba Walkathon!
Avon Justine will host the fourteenth annual iThemba Walkathon for breast cancer awareness on 20 October 2019 at Marks Park Sports Club, Emmarentia. Participate by pre-registering on ithembawalkathon.co.za , the iThemba Walkathon Facebook Page or participating Sportsman Warehouse stores.
Entrance is only R175 per adult and R115 per child between 2 and 12 years old. You can choose whether you want to walk 5km or 8km.