Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Real Age Test

I took the RealAge Test this morning to see what the supposed biological age of my body is. I am surprised when it really was not bad considering I had cancer and live with a smoker. My RealAge is 41.0 with only 4.4 difference from my calendar age. Not bad eh for a 2 year survivor? And I only have these problems because of the following reasons: breast cancer, not wearing a seatbelt everytime, not getting enough exercise, and, the root of all problems, stress. If I rectify these problems then I think I will be good. At least now I know where I should start.

They gave me some great tips in the cancer follow up I want to share:

Because of your history of breast cancer, keep in close contact with your doctor. You indicated that you were diagnosed with preinvasive breast cancer. Although the prognosis for this type of cancer is very good, make sure you remain in close contact with your doctor, and ask about the most important recent advances in breast cancer screening and treatment.

Here’s why: There are many treatments for breast cancer and many options for helping prevent the cancer from returning. Obviously, the longer you stay healthy and have no symptoms of a recurrence, the better in every way -- even in terms of your RealAge. In general, if you’re young, breast cancer of any type makes your RealAge older. However, if you’re over 55, this form of breast cancer has very little effect on RealAge.

Visit our Living with Cancer Center for more information on staying healthy.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy

Get follow-up care. Even if you are in remission or are cancer-free, your doctor will perform periodic blood tests, imaging studies, and breast exams to make sure the cancer hasn't returned.
Check yourself. Do a breast self-exam at least once a month to look for troublesome signs, such as the emergence of a new lump, changes in breast appearance, or nipple discharge. Also, monitor yourself for bone pain, sudden weight loss, headaches, or difficulty breathing. If any of these occur, see your doctor immediately.
Keep in touch.

Researchers continue to find new ways to detect and treat breast cancer, including better ways to enhance the immune response to tumor cells. New chemo drugs are also being researched. Ask your doctor for the latest information.

Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating well, resting, and exercising can help you deal with the physical and emotional stress of cancer. If you are in remission, early research suggests that exercising and eating a low-fat diet may reduce the risk of recurrence as well. Ask your doctor about these strategies.

Get support. Consider joining a breast cancer support group. It may improve your quality of life and help you manage stressful feelings.

For more information, take the RealAge Breast Cancer Screening Assessment.

What about you? Do you know your RealAge? You might be surprised with the result. So what are you waiting Take the RealAge Test! It's free!