Walk a Kilometre
Every day, 38 Australian women are told they have breast cancer, but more women are surviving the disease than ever before. Survival rates in Australia have improved by about 15 per cent over the past 20 years. Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms and improved treatment outcomes for breast cancer. However, breast cancer is still the most common cancer among Australian women.
Through our “Walk a kilometre in their shoes” fundraiser we are supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation by donating $1 for every person that takes a walk on one of our treadmills.
NBCF receives no government funding, in fact all funds are donated by the community through fundraising initiatives and donations like ours so come down to a CardioTech kiosk from 12 October and walk a kilometre in their shoes.
Reduce your risk
Women of all ages should know the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any changes, see your doctor immediately. Breast cancer isn’t limited to your boobs. Breast tissue actually extends up to your collarbone and deep inside your armpit, so the disease can strike here too.
Seventy-five percent of breast cancers occur in people with no family history. Many women think that if they have no relatives (mom, sister, and daughter) with the disease, they don’t have to worry about it. But every year, thousands of women find out that they’re the first ones in their family to be diagnosed.
Maintain a healthy body weight; active women of all ages are at reduced risk of breast cancer. Even mild physical activity before or after menopause can reduce your risk of getting breast cancer. Women who exercised 10-20 hours per week can experience a 30 percent risk reduction. Remember, a brisk walk is just as worthwhile as a gym session that has you in a pool of sweat.
Yoga is a great way to balance and regulate your endocrine system, and therefore your hormones. It also builds the immune system, while promoting lymph flow for drainage of toxins.
Eat antioxidant-rich foods like organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats and oils like avocado and extra virgin olive oil. Remember: Sugar is cancer’s best friend! It activates cancer genes and actually fuels the growth of cancer cells. Eliminate sugar from your diet as much as you can and bring in more vegetables like broccoli, kale and bok choy.
For women 50 years and over who haven't noticed changes, screening is recommended every two years.