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Breast check!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, 1994

         Many people complain about US Vogue being so full of advertising and how it is not worth of the money you pay...bla..bla..bla. I tend to strongly disagree as someone who is subscribed to both iPad and print edition and as someone who reads it cover to cover. Actually, Vogue has some amazing journalist and writers and there is plenty of great quality articles and research work these journalist do to write them so I indeed think they need to be paid properly for the great work they do, hence the magazine is in my opinion worth every penny!

In this post I am sharing my learnings from one of these articles I read in the plane when coming to Budapest from Barcelona. Article is titled 'Girl, interrupted' and it was written by Jancee Dunn. This article has really shaken me, it made me think and act immediately.

The article talks about the unsettling new report which shatters the myth that youth is a defense against breast cancer. I was actually shocked as although I am having an ultrasound breast check once a year with my gynecologist exam, I wasn't really persistent with self breast check, I am kind of thinking, I'm young, chances are not that big, but boy was I wrong! As unfortunately more and more of young women are learning, breast cancer can strike when least expected!

Researches have shown that there is a growing number of young women aged 25 to 39 who are being diagnosed with breast cancer. The study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that advanced cases edged up from 1.5 per 100,000 younger women in 1976 to 2.9 per 100,000 in 2009! This seems like a minor increase but the research has shown that for some reason the disease is more aggressive with younger patients then older and the younger patients are more likely to need a mastectomy and lower survival rate then older patients.

This research together with Angelina Jolie's announcement of having double preventative mastectomy at age 37 has put more spotlight on young women with breast cancer. As according to the American Cancer Society the breast cancer is the most common cancer with women under 40.

To help lower the odds of developing disease doctors advise to cut down on drinking alcoholic drinks (as it changes the way women's body metabolizes estrogen) - relative risk increases 7% for each drink per day. Your diet should be rich with fruits and vegetables, exercise often, at least 45-60 minutes at least 5 days a week - this can lower your chances by 30% even! Also, do frequent ultrasounds, at least once a year or twice in case you have a history of breast cancer in your family and do self-breast check! Early prevention increases the chances of battling and beating this nasty disease!

Personally, since I am using   Ženski Rokovnik (this is a very cute little planner created for women available on German and in Croatian) so for the past couple of years, I have been much better with self breast checks as t reminds me to do it once a month and it also has a tutorial of how to do it in it.

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