Did you know that breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women? According to a study, about 1 in 8 women in the United States experience breast cancer at some point.
While some risk factors like family history can’t be changed or avoided, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to lower the risk. Below are recommended steps you can follow to lower your chances of suffering with breast cancer.
- Avoid obesity. Being overweight increases the possibility of breast cancer after menopause, when breast cancer most frequently develops.
- Eat healthy. Adopt a fiber-rich diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruit. Keep sugared drinks, refined carbohydrates, and fatty foods to a minimum. In addition, try to eat lean protein like fish or chicken breast instead of red meat.
- Research recommends that increased physical activity can lower overall breast cancer danger by about 10 percent to 30 percent. A 30-minute walk five days a week is a suitable plan.
- Avoid alcohol. Restrict alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day. Research indicates that alcohol consumption is linked to breast cancer so it is important to drink in moderation.
- Don’t smoke. Research reveals that long-term smoking is also associated with breast cancer to, as well as, lung cancer.
- Schedule regular check-ups. Consult your physician to determine frequency of check-ups and stick to the plan he/she prescribes.
- Don’t stress! Stress is a killer…receive a massage on a regular basis.
For more information on breast cancer visit www.komen.org.