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