In 2003 I experienced a health scare which led to a lumpectomy to remove a pre-cancerous tumor in my left breast. I was only 23. It was a shock to me and my family because I do not have a family history of breast cancer.
Needless to say, this bit of information opened my eyes to the world of breast cancer awareness. I think about it often and my scar is a constant reminder that I could potentially become a victim. Yet another reason for me to live a healthy lifestyle.
I was excited to hear that I may have decreased my odds of developing this horrible disease that effects millions of women. Just my doing four simple things:
- Having children
- Having children before the age of 28
- Nursing children
- Having a mom who nursed me
- A woman's risk of breast cancer decreases by 7 percent for every birth she experiences.
- Add 3 percent more for each year under 28 years old she is when that child is born (I'm going to cheat & count 3 births since technically I was 28 when I had my third).
- Another 4.3 percent for every twelve months of her life that she breast-feeds.
- Add to that another 23 percent for whether or not she was personally breast-fed by her mother.