Breast cancer is something no one should have to suffer through. It affects many people we know and love, and even when it doesn’t, it’s too prevalent.

Staggering statistics call “breast cancer the second most common cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death among women of all races and ethnicities.” Take part in stripping the power away from cancer and put good will towards being part of the solution to a cure.

Knowledge is power, and of paramount importance, when dealing with a diagnosis or treatment for breast cancer. Here are five facts that you may not already know:

Your Daily Dietary Choices Make a Big Difference

It’s not just about eating something healthy, like vegetables. It’s important to identify what specific leafy green has the best cancer-fighting property or what spice has an extra-special benefit. It’s easy to say something is healthy, take the extra step to find out what their major health boosts are and utilize them for good choices— for example from Woman’s Day.

“According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, breast cancer patients who munched on 3 ounces of watercress experienced a measurable reduction in a key tumor growth factor six to eight hours afterward.”

Research is a great way for family and friends to help— take the time to do some food investigation and share your findings. When dealing with doctor’s appointments and ill health, it will save the patient from the extra time spent reading up on one more helpful tip.

Friends are Part of the Cure

Fighting cancer doesn’t stop with an oncologist’s medical plan. Friends and family are part of breast cancer treatment and recovery too. Aiding in many ways like mentioned above. Having positive energy around is important overall well-being, no matter what we’re facing.

Make sure to find the helpfulness balance early on, for both the patient and his or her family and friends, to make sure that rules and procedure are as non-stressful as possible for everyone. Illness and treatment affect people differently, and with good days and bad days, healthy boundaries need to be established and respected. Try to keep the entire experience as upbeat as possible to allow good vibes and intentions to be present all of the time.

Most Lumps are Benign

Did you know that 80% of lumps are actually benign? Although not always, usually when it is serious there are signs that should stick out to you, including: small lumps (usually the size and consistency of a frozen pea), constant itching, or abnormal discharge may be indicators. Early detection is key; make sure to hold yourself accountable to a regular self-examination and mammogram recommendations for your age (link). If something feels awry, make sure to check it out with your physician right away.

Your Surroundings Affect Your Health

Secondhand smoke, heavy duty cleaning products like bleach, and many other environmental and chemical factors can have a serious impact on overall health. Be label savvy when it comes to what you use day-to-day is made with: from home cleaning products, to food items, and soaps or shampoos. If you’re not already looking, you may be amazed at what you find lurking in ingredient information on packaging.

Breast Cancer Doesn’t Just Affect Women

Most awareness is dedicated to women, and although rare, men, too, can get breast cancer. Don’t let the men in your life be more at risk by being “it will never happen to me” naysayer; it’s imperative to know what’s necessary to keep everyone healthy.

Most importantly, the best way be proactive is to be prepared with good insight and information. Remember to always check your sources though, too, scan recent news articles for late-breaking developments in favor of researching or self-diagnosing on dated health-check sites, which may have older, and sometimes less relevant, content on the subject matter.

Keen awareness paired with a positive outlook will help anyone you know dealing with the disease to be strong, courageous and well informed.