Add up the percentages to get 11.9, or about 12% total lifetime risk.
Even if no one in your family has had breast cancer, now with social media, everyone knows or has heard of someone who has had breast cancer. The stories range from scary to inspirational.
My Mom’s Story
My mom had early-stage breast cancer when she was 68 years young. It was found on a mammogram (it’s a good story – watch the video at the top☺), treated and cured. I know the word “cure” is tricky to use, but another fact is that more than 90% of women diagnosed with early breast cancer are cured and need no further treatment.
Even so, with my family history, I wait in suspense every year between my mammogram and the letter saying the results are normal (the letter I have gotten every year so far, thank goodness).
This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m going to spend the month sharing information with you about the benefits of (the right kind of) hormone replenishment to lower your risk of breast cancer (both initial and recurrent breast cancer).
Make sure your friends are on this e-newsletter list or connected with me on social media for all the pearls I want to share with you, this month and in the future.
Estrogen prevents Breast Cancer?
I’ll leave you for now with one more shocker: the scientific data shows less breast cancer in women who use estrogen.
Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, it also seems to be quite healthy. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.
Here are the top 5 health benefits of coffee.
1. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain, which causes a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.
2. Several studies show that caffeine can increase fat burning and boost your metabolic rate.
First of all, let me be clear that when I say I still “like” mammograms I am not saying that I “enjoy” mammograms.
Nobody relishes the idea of getting their breast squished between two cold plates of a giant machine.
I don’t feel nervous on my way to a mammogram because of the technique or method of doing the test, but for the same reason that any woman would feel nervous. I’m worried about the test finding a problem. The nervousness that accompanies the drive to the mammography center lasts all the way until the letter arrives with the results.
In the working world, men have an advantage – testosterone. Not only do most men have 10 to 20 times as much testosterone as most women, it isn’t made in their adrenal glands, so their adrenals don’t get as wiped out by the same amount of stress.