Breast Cancer is an unfortunate yet common thing that happens amongst women all over the world. It’s hard to think that it will ever happen to you or someone you know but when it does, it really hits home. I think it’s important to educate yourself, get your routine mammograms and be in the know. They say there are some things you can to do try to prevent it so I thought I would share some tips & facts with you that I hope you may find helpful.
1) Do monthly self-exams and get an annual mammogram once you’re old enough. Early detection can save your life. Newer guidelines suggest waiting until age 50 for the first mammogram, but some doctors recommend it at 40 or even earlier.
2) Limit alcohol consumption. Drinking raises the risk of breast cancer; your risk goes up by 7 percent with each drink you have per day. Hard to believe, right?
3) Control your weight. Obesity has a strong association with greater breast cancer risk, especially in post-menopausal women. It’s unclear whether or not losing weight helps lower risk.
4) Exercise. They say that working out at least four hours per week drops your risk up to 40 percent.
5) Know your family history.
6) Consider saying no to hormone therapy. Estrogen-progestin therapies used to treat menopause raise the risk of breast cancer by 26 percent.
7) Breast-feed your babies for as long as possible. Women who breast-feed their babies for at least a year in total have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer later.
8) Eat healthy to avoid tipping the scale. Embrace a diet high in vegetables and fruit and low in sugared drinks, refined carbohydrates and fatty foods. Eat lean protein such as fish or chicken breast and eat red meat in moderation, if at all. Eat whole grains. Choose vegetable oils over animal fats.
9) Don’t smoke. Research suggests that long-term smoking is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in some women.
10) Get fit and support breast cancer research at the same time. Regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer.
Of course, it’s easy to say “don’t do this, do that, no, not that, this” but when it comes down to it, you never really know if or when you might be affected by this. It’s important to do self-exams and try to prevent it as best as you can. The best thing you can do is to be informed.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s nationwide series of walking events to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the American Cancer Society (ACS).