We encourage you and the women in your life to be breast aware!

Early detection is your best defence against breast cancer!

Current Breast Cancer statistics in Ireland:

  • 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime
  • Incidence of male breast cancer is 1 in 1000
  • We have 2800 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year
  • 14% are women under 44 years
  • 49% are women between 45-64 years
  • 37% are women over 65 years
  • Only 5% – 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary

Nutrition advice to help reduce risk and manage cancer…

Healthy eating and breast cancer…

 The World Cancer Research Fund shows that about a third of the most common cancers are preventable through a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity.

  • Maintaining a healthy weight – through a balanced diet and regular physical activity – helps reduce the risk of developing cancer. Our recommendation is to be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight.
  • Be moderately physically active, equivalent to brisk walking, for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Consume energy-dense foods sparingly such sugary drinks ,’fast foods’ if at all.
  • Eat at least five portions/servings (at least 400 g or 14 oz) of a variety of non-starchy vegetables and of fruits every day.
  • Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat.
  • For cancer prevention, it’s best not to drink alcohol. If you do, limit alcoholic drinks and follow national guidelines.
  • Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).

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Emma Buckley

Emma Buckley

Emma is the Director of Nutrition and co-founder of GourmetFuel®. She has developed an entire range of health meals and meal plans to compliment healthy living and fuel performance. Emma Buckley B.Sc RNutr, is a Registered Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition, from Dublin, Ireland. A UCD graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry a Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health and a Higher Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. In almost two decades as a nutritionist she has worked with some of Ireland’s most well known food and health brands. She is an international keynote conference speaker on nutrition and health. She has worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes and coaches covering all track, field and combat sports at the highest levels. Her understanding of how food and the body work together along with a team of gourmet chefs, helps GourmetFuel create a beautiful range of healthy, delicious meals. Emma specialises in weight management, sports nutrition and maternal/postnatal and infant nutrition.

How to get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

  • Pink-themed coffee morning or other event at home, at work or in your community

  • Order a box of pink ribbons, pens and pins to have in your workplace

  • Pink pj party – get some GourmetFuel meals to make life easier!

  • Cups against cancer night

  • Pink breakfast morning – invite your friends over for a healthy pink breakfast (GourmetFuel’s oatmeal with strawberry and almonds or our mixed berry parfait-yum!)

Know the signs of breast cancer…

Breast lumps

The first symptom of breast cancer for many women is a lump in their breast. However, many women have breast lumps and nine out of ten are benign. That means they are not cancers.

Most benign breast lumps are:

  • Areas of normal lumpiness in the breast that are more obvious just before a period
  • Cysts – sacs of fluid in the breast tissue, which are quite common
  • Fibro adenoma – a collection of fibrous glandular tissue (these are common in younger women, aged under 30)

What to look and feel for

Changes that could be due to a breast cancer are:

  • If one of your breasts has gotten larger or lower or changes shape
  • If any veins stand out more than usual for you
  • Puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin
  • Changes in the nipple such as redness, crusting, or blood stained discharge
  • Changes in the shape of the nipple, particularly if it turns in or sinks into the breast or direction
  • Lumps
  • Thickening of breast tissue
  • Bumpy areas that seem different from other breast tissue
  • A swelling or lump in your armpit or along your collarbone
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