Oc­to­ber is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month. Early de­tec­tion in­creases your odds of suc­cess­fully treat­ing breast can­cer.

Amazing Wellness - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Ev­ery 2 min­utes, breast can­cer is di­ag­nosed in a woman

in the U.S. Women in the U.S. have a 1 in 8 life­time risk of be­ing di­ag­nosed

with breast can­cer. In 2018, more than 40,000 women and more than 400 men in

the U.S. are ex­pected to die from breast can­cer. Breast can­cer is fright­en­ingly preva­lent. That’s the bad news. The good news is im­prove­ments in early de­tec­tion and treat­ment con­trib­uted to a 39 per­cent de­cline in breast can­cer deaths in the U.S. be­tween 1989 and 2015. Reg­u­lar mam­mo­grams are es­sen­tial for early de­tec­tion of can­cer­ous tu­mors, but ac­cord­ing to Johns Hop­kins Med­i­cal Cen­ter, 40 per­cent of breast can­cers are de­tected by women dur­ing a reg­u­lar breast self-exam.

In “The Com­plete Guide to Breast Health,” on pg. 36, we dis­cuss the main risk fac­tors for de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer, and we of­fer ways you can mit­i­gate those through nu­tri­tion, sup­ple­men­ta­tion, and other life­style fac­tors. We also give you a hands-on guide to do­ing a self-check, be­cause early de­tec­tion in­creases your odds of suc­cess­fully treat­ing it.

This is­sue we also dis­cuss whether you can slow the process of ag­ing (“6 Se­crets to Re­set­ting Your Age,” pg. 40). Our writer spoke with Richard Purvis, a health and well­ness prac­ti­tioner, and au­thor of Re­cal­i­brate: Six Se­crets to Re­set­ting Your Age, who ar­gues that our life­styles have a di­rect im­pact on how we age. He of­fers up six mod­i­fi­ca­tions that we can make right now to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the qual­ity of our lives so we age more grace­fully and grad­u­ally.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health, get­ting enough qual­ity sleep at the right times can help pro­tect your men­tal health, phys­i­cal health, qual­ity of life, and safety. Be­ing sleep-de­fi­cient af­fects heart health, weight, cog­ni­tive skills, mood, and much more. In “Sweet Dreams,” pg. 46, we give you com­mon-sense tips that you can eas­ily en­act right now to start get­ting the qual­ity sleep you need tonight.

As al­ways, the rest of this is­sue is packed with prac­ti­cal ad­vice to help you live a healthy life.

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