Women need to do more to support breast health

I am very interested in the results of a recently commissioned study which reveals that women aren’t doing all they can to support breast health.

The survey was conducted by Yankelovich, part of The Futures Company, on behalf of Bayer HealthCare USA.  Results were obtained through telephone interviews among a nationally representative sample of 500 women 18 years of age and older. Interviews took place June 19-21, 2009. Additional findings include:

Despite knowing what to do for breast health, many women are not taking such actions on a regular basis

  • 95 percent know it’s important to eat a healthy diet for breast health, but only 53 percent report doing so regularly
  • 93 percent know they should conduct regular breast self-exams, but only 47 percent do regularly
  • 88 percent know they should get a mammogram every year, but only 68 percent of women 45 and older report doing so
  • 84 percent know they should exercise, but only 33 percent say they regularly exercise vigorously for at least 30 minutes
  • 59 percent know they should take a multivitamin daily with vitamin D; 53 percent report taking a multivitamin daily

I imagine the findings would be pretty much reflective of the situation here in Ireland too. This year,  October 15, 2009, has been designated European Breast Health Day. The aim of the day is to disseminate information concerning breast health and to raise awareness of prevention and early detection of breast cancer across Europe. Living a healthy, active lifestyle, avoiding weight gain and obesity are important for breast health. Studies show that about one-third of breast cancer cases may be avoided through maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active.

You can learn more about Breast Health Day by clicking on http://www.breasthealthday.org/