Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer Prevention

Did you know that there are tactics you can take to prevent breast cancer? This is especially important to accomplish if this disease runs in your family. The Breast Health and Healing Foundation is devoted to determining the causes of this disease and preventing it. Below we outline important strategies for decreasing your risk of breast cancer.

Limit Alcohol

The first step to take is to limit the amount of alcohol you consume on a regular basis. It is important to consume no more than one drink per day regardless of whether it is liquor or wine. If you drink less than this, then that’s even better! The link between alcohol consumption and your health is vital to keep in mind.

Quit Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking increases your likelihood of lung cancer. However, new research also shows more evidence for a connection between breast cancer rates and cigarette smoking. Avoiding smoking and quitting the habit can go a long way to improving your health. Make sure to stay away from these cancer sticks!

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obese women, especially those who have gone through menopause, are much more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is vital to keep your weight at healthy levels. It is a good idea to keep track of your weight in order to remain healthy and at low risk of breast cancer.

Exercise Regularly

A simple way to keep your weight at healthy levels is to exercise regularly. If you do not partake in physical fitness, it is time to start! Instead of sitting on the couch and watching television all night, it is a good idea to at least go for a walk or start an exercise regime at the gym. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends adults to obtain at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week and take part in strength training twice a week. Physical fitness will help you prevent cancer as well as a myriad of other health risks.

Avoid Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been used to help women manage their symptoms of menopause. However, a major study has shown that HRT can increase women’s risk of breast cancer significantly. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified HRT as a Group I Carcinogen and harmful to women. If you want to remain healthy, avoid HRT and determine other ways to alleviate your menopausal symptoms.

Healthy Diet

Some research shows that a healthy, low-fat, plant-based diet can help you prevent cancer. Antioxidants found in colorful fruits and vegetables will stop the negative effects of free radicals, which are substances that play a part in DNA mutation. For instance, there are several studies showing that a diet rich in vitamin D can prevent breast cancer. If you follow these tips, you’ll be much closer to preventing this cancer.

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