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Fish oil, EXERCISING, eating fib re, breastfeeding and getting enough sun can all LOWER your RISKS of being DIAGNOSED with BREAST CANCER
Every 1.7 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer while every 68 seconds a woman dies of it somewhere in the world. The statistics are as sad as they are shocking and in the UAE, the figures look equally stark. Breast cancer is the most common cancer here and the number of women under the age of 40 being diagnosed with it is on the rise.
But beneath these awful statistics there is hope and luckily, plenty of stories of real women battling – and beating – breast cancer. Some are taking the traditional but gruelling route of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, while others are searching for alternative treatments, or juggling a combination of both.
I cried and smiled as I edited the incredible and inspirational stories of breast cancer survivors on page 24. They are all normal women in a multitude of careers; some are mothers, some are single but they are all fighters who use medicine, surgery, homeopathy, and above all bravery, strength and positivity to overcome the odds. The message these amazing women have to share is that you can beat breast cancer, and that early detection is vital, so please carry out a self-examination regularly.
There’s more you can do, as lifestyle changes can help prevent breast cancer, according to experts. Fish oil, exercising (housework counts if you don’t want to go to the gym!) and eating fibre, breastfeeding and getting enough sun (as a lack of vitamin D can increase your chances) can all lower the risk of being diagnosed. Read our feature on page 40 for more tips and let us know what you think of our breast cancer special. Until next week,