Breast Cancer Prevention
Breast Cancer Prevention – Reduce your Risk
Breast cancer prevention is simply changing lifestyle choices, or taking action to lower the chances of getting cancer. By taking steps a few very simple steps, it is possible to dramatically lower the chances of developing cancer.
To prevent new cancers from starting, start by changing one or two of your regular habits.
Some risk factors for cancer can be very easily avoided, howevera number can not. For example, a better diet and lowering (or just stopping!) smoking is something you can do, however inheriting certain genes will increase the risk for some types of cancer. Regular exercise and a healthy diet may be protective factors for some types of cancer – this should be fairly obvious. Avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors may very well lower your risk – but it does not mean that you will not get cancer.
Cancer and Diet
No foods or diets can specifically prevent you from getting – or cure you of – breast cancer. However, some foods can make your body the healthiest it can be, they can boost your immune system and help to keep the risk of breast cancer as low as it can possibly be.
There is some evidence that some foods may help control treatment side effects or help your body get well faster after treatment. Also, some foods may help cancer treatment work more effectively.
What can I do to reduce the risk of breast cancer?
Simple changes in lifestyle have been proven in studies to decrease the risk of breast cancer – even in ‘high-risk’ women. The following are steps you can take to lower your risk:
- Adopt a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet might decrease your risk of some types of cancer, as well as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. For example, women who eat a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts might have a reduced risk of breast cancer. The Mediterranean diet focuses on mostly on plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. People who follow the Mediterranean diet choose healthy fats, like olive oil, over butter and fish instead of red meat.
- Reduce or Stop Consuming Alcohol
The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. The general recommendation — based on research on the effect of alcohol on breast cancer risk — is to limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk.
- Stop Smoking – Now
Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. In addition, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
- Take Control your Weight
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. This is especially true if obesity occurs later in life, particularly after menopause. Maintaining a healthy weight is a key factor in breast cancer prevention.
- Be Active!
Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent breast cancer. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week.
- Breast Feeding
Breast-feeding might play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect.