Reducing Your Risk
Don’t Smoke and Eat a Healthy Diet
While smoking has not been directly linked to breast cancer, it remains the leading cause of many other types of cancer and appears to be more harmful than most all other known carcinogens combined. The healthier you keep your body, the stronger your immune system and other vital functions will be in a fight against breast cancer. Likewise, eating a healthy diet – one low in saturated fats and simple sugars, high in fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber, and rich in vitamins and nutrients like anti-oxidants, will make your body less susceptible to disease.
Be Aware of Yourself!
Regular self-examinations are vital for early detection of breast cancer. Familiarize yourself with the procedures for doing a self-exam and have your technique reviewed by a health care professional. Become familiar with the regular look, shape, size, and feel of your breasts so you immediately notice any changes that may occur. For more information on doing a self examination, Click Here.
Don’t Drink Alcohol, or At Least Be Conservative…
Alcohol consumption appears to have a well-documented link to increased risk for breast cancer. In a compilation of recent studies, it was shown that the equivalent of only two drinks a day increased a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 21%!
Scientists have recently discovered a link between a woman’s risk for breast cancer and regular exercise. While the scientific community is not yet fully aware of why regular physical activity reduces breast cancer risks, many believe it is due to exercise’s effect on hormones and overall well being. The truth is, exercise benefits almost every system of the body. For your health, exercise regularly! (If you have not exercised vigorously for a year or more, you may wish to consult with a doctor prior to beginning any new routine.)
Get a mammogram!
(Especially for those over 30 or with a history of cancer in their family) Because there is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, a regular mammogram is the best way to detect cancer at its earliest stages. Early detection through mammography screening can greatly improve a woman’s chances for successful treatment, treatment options, and ultimately increase survival. A mammogram can detect up to 90% of breast cancers where there were no other detectable signs or symptoms.
Quick Guide to Healthy Living
Healthfinder.gov, a Federal government web site, features trusted prevention and wellness information and tools. It provides easy-to-use information on more than 60 topics to help people learn how to stay healthy. Quick Guide to Healthy Living