As October comes to a close, the pink ribbons encouraging breast cancer awareness become harder to spot. Fundraising events and breast cancer screening campaigns dwindle as we delve into the holiday season, but maintaining breast health should be a continual endeavor. Although there are various lifestyle practices that reduce breast cancer risk and encourage healthy breast tissue, few are aware of the benefits derived from shaking and squeezing their breasts.
An estimated one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Since only five to 10 percent of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease, the majority of cases are considered to be “sporadic” meaning they might be preventable. The challenge is twofold:
- Knowing how to safely prevent breast cancer
- Convincing women (and men) to partake in the preventative approach