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What you didn’t know about breast cancer

Pink is everywhere this month. From labels and glasses to bagels and NFL gear, Americans are encouraged to “Think Pink” during the month of October. That’s because it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

AmeriSpec PINK report binderAmeriSpec will donate $25.00 from each inspection we do to Susan G. Komen Nebraska. Those funds will be used for research for treatments and cures, to provide low-cost or free screening mammograms, diagnostic testing and breast cancer treatment to uninsured or underinsured Nebraska residents, and provide support services before, during and after breast cancer treatment.

Part the Komen Foundation’s services is to provide accurate information about finding and treating breast cancer. U.S. News & World Report has  some facts you may not have known about the disease.

  • Alcohol use is linked to breast cancer. One alcoholic drink per day only slightly increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. But drinking two to five drinks every day increases a woman’s risk by one and a half times.
  • Men can get breast cancer, too, but at a much lower rate than women. That’s because ” their breast duct cells are less developed, and they have less of the female hormones that can disrupt breast cell growth and cause a problem.” Still, men should check for lumps and have them examined by a physician if found.
  • Most women do not inherit breast cancer. Only about 5 to 10 percent of diagnosed cases are the result of genetics.
  • Exercise can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Doing 30 to 60 minutes of high-intensity exercise can reduce the risk from 20 to 80 percent.

The Komen Foundation also has debunked some myths about breast cancer. For example, having biopsies and surgery for breast cancer does not cause the cancer to spread. This may be true for other types of cancer, but “the techniques used in breast surgery and breast biopsy are different,” according to the Foundation. Find out more here.

To think pink in October and schedule your home inspection, call AmeriSpec at 402-393-3696 in Omaha or 402-483-2010 in Lincoln.

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