Breast Cancer Kills One Woman Every 75 Seconds

Recent research has proved that in every 29 seconds, a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed. Moreover, the rate of mastectomy in India is more than 90 percent, which is double the rate of the US. The reason behind this is at the time of diagnoses, most of the Indian patients are in advanced stages of breast cancer.

Breast cancer develops due to multiple factors. The best way to prevent ourselves is the best way to protect oneself is to be aware of early detection so that if it ever develops, it gets detected at an early stage and can be treated.

Lack of proper awareness and screening results in late diagnosis of cancer, which is directly decreasing the overall survival rate of Indian women as compared to the West.

But, there are several things women can control just to prevent from breast cancer. Such as:

Healthy diet

There is no specific ‘anti-cancer’ diet, however, it is recommended that a diet rich in protein, roughage, low in carbohydrates (especially refined carbs) and fats helps you stay healthy and lower the risk of cancer.


In combination with a healthy diet, it is important to maintain your weight. Obesity and particularly central obesity is linked to an increased risk in cancer of about 30-35 percent.

Pregnancy and lactation

Women having their first child before 30 and breastfeeding for 6-18 months are said to have a lower risk of breast cancer.

Say ‘No’ to tobacco

Tobacco is not good for health. Tobacco is one of the primary causes of cancer and heart attacks. Check out the ways to boost your ability to say “no” to tobacco.

Say ‘No” to alcohol

Women are more exposed to the possibility of being harmed than men to alcohol’s effects, even after drinking smaller amounts. Alcohol can lead to increased risk of health problems such as liver disease, brain damage, and breast cancer.

Do Breast cancer runs in family?

It is widely believed that those who are having a family history of breast cancer are more prone to the disease. Researchers have proved that approximately 90% of breast cancer happens in women who do not have a family history of breast cancer while an identifiable defective gene is found only in 10-15 percent. Such women are having 80% lifetime risk developing breast or ovarian cancer. These women are advised to evaluate their risk and to have an individualized, tailored risk reduction and screening follow up program on a regular basis.

Content Reviewed by – Asian Hospital Medical Editors