Health and Wellness Ministry
Breast Cancer is not Decent nor is it in Order!
If you open your Bible to I Corinthians 14:40 you will find these words, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” As I spend my days learning more about breast cancer and its devastating effects on the human body, I can clearly see the correlation between the fall of mankind and the truth of the scriptures.
Cancer is the result of abnormal changes in the DNA responsible for controlling the growth of cells and for keeping them healthy. The most common cancer among African American women is breast cancer. It is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells.
When cell life is functioning normally, they replace themselves through an orderly process. Basically strong healthy cells take over as old weak cells die. You could refer to it as the life cycle of a cell. Cancer occurs when mutations turn on some genes and off the others. The process continues without order or control adding more of the same cell and forming the tumor.
Benign tumors, the non-cancerous ones; look normal, grow slowly and do not take over surrounding tissue and neither do they spread to other parts of the body. On the other hand, malignant tumors are cancerous, can grow quickly, not look like a normal cell and they travel away from the place of origin to other areas in the body.
Breast cancer usually begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the glands responsible for producing milk. This is the passage where milk drains to the nipple. Once the cancer cells invade healthy breast tissue and journey to the lymph nodes under the arm, it now has an opportunity to spread to other parts of the body.
According to information published by BREASTCANCER.ORG, breast cancer or any cancer is always a mistake or genetic error. Only 5-10 percent of breast cancers are inherited from our parents. Approximately 90% of breast cancers are due to the wears and tears of everyday life and the aging process. Simply put, the older we as humans become; the greater our chances are to encounter breast cancer.
The following is a list of weapons to combat breast cancer.
Ø Strengthen your spiritual relationship and connection to God!
Ø Avoid excessive use of alcohol.
Ø Limit your intake of animal fats.
Ø Consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Ø Exercise regularly!
Ø Increase the water you drink.
Ø Don’t use tobacco products.
Ø Spend time outside in the fresh air!
Ø Control your consumption of caffeine.
Ø Perform self breast exams monthly at the age of 20.
Ø Start having clinical breast exams at the age of 30.
Ø At 40, get your very first mammogram; or 10 years earlier than the age your mother or father was if she or he was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Ø Get tested annually!
Life is full of unpredictable circumstance, but if we at least try to do everything decent and in order, perhaps breast cancer and other deadly diseases will be eliminated in our lifetime. Be Blessed and Stay Health
Marilyn Calbert Health & Wellness Ministry President
Health & Wellness Ministry President