Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women. But here;the good news is that as methods of prevention, detection and treatment have improved, the number of deaths from breast cancer have increasingly denied since 1990; reducing mortality rates to 3 in 100. Great strides for women’s health!
Although early detection and treatment strategies have improved, staying healthy and reducing your risk for contracting the disease is the best strategy yet. Lifestyle factors are the easiest steps toward living healthy and here are The She Spot’s top 5:
1. Limit Alcohol
The more alcohol you drink the greater your risk of breast cancer. Limit your intake to no more than one a day.
2. Control Your Weight
Being overweight or obese increases your risk for the disease; particularly if weight gain occurs after menopause.
3. Exercise Regularly
Being physically active controls your weight and assists in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Cardio and strength training are not only good for warding off breast cancer, but heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well.
4. Breast Feeding
God didn’t give the girls to you for cleavage benefits only! Research has shown that breast feeding has a protective effect against breast cancer. And, the longer you breast feed, the longer the effect.
5. Avoid Environmental Pollution
While further studies are needed, some research suggests a link between breast cancer and exposure to the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in vehicle exhaust and air pollution.
Simple lifestyle changes can make a difference and will definitely lead to healthier life overall but do not guarantee the avoidance of cancer. Early detection is the next best way to ensure that you maintain good health even if cancer is detected.
As October comes to a close, make sure that you get or schedule to get a mammogram and commit to monthly self exams. You owe it yourself and your girls will appreciate it too!