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Listening - Talk on breast cancer.

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Listening - Talk on breast cancer. I'm here today because young girls don't think of things like this its boys, parties, sex, drugs and drink. But what if I was to say that one in every nine of you sitting their rite now will develop breast cancer in your lifetime. Its shocking I know but it's the truth. My aim today is to make you aware of breast cancer and on how to reduce the risk of you being one out of them nine people who develop it. Each year 39,200 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer and although survival rates are improving on average 74 per cent of women are still alive five years later, too many women will die from this disease. On average 12,800 women die from breast cancer each year. That's 12,800 women a year. Age is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer with 80 per cent of all breast cancers occurring in post-menopausal women. However, you don't get away with it that easy, approximately 8,000 pre-menopausal women are also diagnosed with the disease each year. ...read more.


This is because hormones play an important role in the development of breast cancer, so having children decreases the risk. If you have a late first pregnancy is also big risk factor. But that doesn't mean that I want you all to go out now and get yourself pregnant so you will be reducing the risk of developing breast cancer. A woman who has her first child in her early thirties is sixty three per cent more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who has her first child at twenty-two. Also starting your periods early puts you more at risk. If your periods began at the age of fifteen you are only have two-thirds the risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer than someone whoses periods started at the age of elevien. With a decrease of seven per cent for each year that you're period is delayed. And finally having a late menopause. Women who start their menopause after the age of fifty-five are twice as likely to develop breast cancer as those who experienced the menopause before the age of forty-five. ...read more.


Feel your breasts. Feel for anything that is not normally there. For example a lump or swelling in the breast that feels different from the rest of your breast tissue, a lump or swelling in your armpit, arm or around your collarbone. Recognise any other changes like discharge from one or both nipples, a pain in the breast, armpit or arm that is new to you. You must always remember to report any changes or any doubts to you doctor no matter how stupid they seem. I'm glad I could come here today, as I feel passionate about this subject and its good to think that I have had some affect on how you deal with your life and breast cancer. I hope you have found today very beneficial and in some ways shocking. Its not about stopping your life now, its about adapting your life so that you can enhance it later on. Just remember breast cancer does kill and its next victim could be you. So act now rather than when it is to late. ...read more.

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