October is breast cancer awareness month. But here is to remind us that breast cancer does not choose any month to strike. The Philippines has the highest breast cancer rate in Asia. An estimated 3 out of 100 Filipino women contract the disease before age 75. All the more we should not brush off the importance of awareness and prevention. Below are some smart reproductive heath guidelines we need to tick off soonest. These are prepared by OB-Gyne Dr. Faith Suluen. These tips, by the way, are not solely for breast cancer prevention but for other types of cancer, too.
Smart Reproductive Health Guideline #1:
Record Menstrual Cycle
Have a record of our first and last day of menstruation. Include bleeding pattern if necessary and the number of pads used throughout the cycle. Take note of cramps, dysmenorrhea or any unusual experience worth mentioning to our OB. “Normal menstrual cycle interval is 21 to 35 days. Shorter than that causes anemia while beyond that period makes it harder to conceive at any age,”reminds Dr. Faith.