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Making healthy lifestyle choices can make or break your risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Changing your diet or adding exercise to your daily routine could be just what you need even though healthy living is not just about keeping your body free of disease. Here are some suggestions to get your life on track to lower your risk:
Maintain a Healthy Weight Post menopause weight gain can be an issue for many women. As annoying as it may be, it can also increase your risk of breast cancer. Even weight gain of 20 pounds or more after the age of 18 can put you in danger. Your best bet is to maintain a steady weight and if you have gained, losing the weight can lower your risk.
Add Exercise into Your Routine Exercise is always suggested for a general healthy lifestyle, but in this case it can also shrink your risk of breast cancer. This is because exercise lowers estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels and boosts the function of immune system cells that attack tumors. All you need is moderate exercise where you break a little sweat such as brisk walking or whatever you enjoy.
Let There Be No Smoke If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do, you should stop. The link between
smoking and breast cancer is unclear, but you will do your body a world of good by avoiding it. Smoking has been known to cause other cancers so it will only benefit you to quit. It is strongly recommended.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake There has been much research on the study of alcohol intake. For example, it is said that one glass of wine each day improves your health and your risk of a heart attack decreases. While this may be true, other studies have shown that the more alcohol you consume can increase your risk of breast cancer. It is a good idea to cut back on your alcohol consumption.
Stay Positive Remember to keep a healthy attitude. Doing things that make you happy will bring balance to your life. Staying focused and paying attention to your body is one thing, but many of us forget that our emotional health is just as important.
Warning Signs of Breast Cancer Since not all cases of breast cancer can be found through Mammography, the warning signs are not all the same. If you see signs of any of the indicators below, contact your doctor immediately: n Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm. n Change in the size or shape of the breast. n Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple. n Nipple discharge that starts suddenly. n Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening of the breast. n Dimpling or puckering of the skin. n Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast. n New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away.
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10 Must-Know Facts About Breast Cancer It’s More Common Than You Think One in eight. 12 percent. That’s the chance of a woman having breast cancer at some point in her life, making breast cancer the second most common cancer among women in the U.S.
It’s Up To You To Know Your Risk It’s extremely important for younger women to know their family history. If you have a first-degree relative, like a mother or sister, who is diagnosed at a young age then your risk is greater.
Find A Top Doctor If you are seeing signs of breast cancer, finding the right doctor with training and experience is key. Looking at nearby teaching hospitals and cancer centers, as they will usually have the most cuttingedge equipment and be on top of the most recent research, is recommended to find the proper physician for you.
Take Your Time Many inexperienced doctors will try to rush you into acting after your diagnosis, but it's about finding the right treatment, not the fastest treatment. Once you’re aware, take action and make a plan.
Race Does Matter While white women have a higher chance of developing breast cancer, black women are more likely to die from it and to have secondary cancer. Black women are also three times more likely to develop an aggressive, more deadly type of cancer therefore increasing their risk.
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Be Picky About Birth Control Certain types of hormonal birth control can increase your risk for breast cancer. The risk may extend to birth control pills too. Discuss your options with your doctor if you’re worried.
Diet & Exercise Are Important According to the ACS, approximately one-third of all cancer deaths can be attributed to poor diet and inactivity. Lucky for you, even mild exercise before or after menopause can reduce your risk. Be sure to keep your diet in check seeing as weight gain can counter your physical activity.
Be Skeptical Of New Science Despite media buzz, the mammogram remains the most important screening device in the detection of breast cancer and saves thousands of lives every year. It’s crucial to know your body well.
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Men Are At Risk Too Men can also develop breast cancer. About 1 out of 5 men with breast cancer have close male or female relatives with the disease.
Become More Tech Savvy Although it is still highly suggested to talk to your doctor, there is an app that can help you track your risk of breast cancer. Keep track of all the latest research, your family history, and lifestyle factors like alcohol use, smoking, weight gain, and exercise by downloading the Breast Cancer Risk Calculator.
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