LAST UPDATED: Jan. 9, 2021, 4:56 p.m.
NEW DELHI (DIVYA SAINI): Any women can get breast cancer, but the risk increases for the working women due to work-related stress, exposure to toxins at work etc. Working women who are at higher risk are of occupations including orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, lab technicians, radiological technicians, women working in chemical industries, and lawyers, teachers, journalists, and other professionals.
The risk for working women increases because they get exposed to chemicals and ionizing radiations, passive smoking, and work-related stress etc.
How to get early diagnosis done:
1 Women above 20 years of age should oneself perform breast examination, especially after the five days after the menstrual period.
2 Women above 40 years of age, especially the postmenopausal women should perform self breast examination every month.
3 Doctors recommend breast examination every year, by an experienced doctor for women over 40 years of age.
4 Many of the breast cancer cases are diagnosed because of self-examination. If you feel any sudden changes in your breast, consult your doctor immediately.
5 The most common signs breasts cancer are lumps on one side, change in size or shape of nipples, pain in the breasts, discharge from nipples etc.
Ways to prevent Breast Cancer:
1 All Women, of any every age should wear protective clothes, especially who works in an environment of radiation or other bio-hazards.
2 Smoking can increase the risk of breast cancer, so quit smoking as soon as possible.
3 Have a healthy nutritious diet everyday and should regularly indulge in physical with an aim of healthy weight.
4 If you have alcohol daily, you must limit the intake alcohol or quit it completely as it is one of the major cause of breast cancer.
5 Practice meditation or yoga to relieve work-related stress to beat cancer and lead a healthy life.
6 Avoid taking contraceptive oral medications to avoid pregnancy, as contraceptive pills can increase your risk of breast cancer.
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