Breast Cancer BasicsOctober 17th, 2008 by amy
It’s hard to miss the support for Breast Cancer Awareness unless you haven’t left your house this month! Whole grocery store aisles are devoted to the cause…it’s come a long way. But, how much do you really know about breast cancer? As part of our October Think Pink series, we bring you 5 preventative measures you can take to help lower your risk, because, as Sir Francis Bacon said, scientia potentia est (today’s translation from Latin: knowledge is power).
- Regular exercise can help prevent breast cancer by lowering estrogen levels and keeping the immune system strong - as little as four hours a week can make a difference, so get moving!
- A high-fat diet increases estrogen levels and can increase the risk of tumor growth, so maintain a low-fat diet.
- Being overweight also increases your risk - in case you needed added incentive to follow the first two tips.
- Breastfeeding is good for your breasts (and your baby!), as it helps to reduce hormone levels.
- Regular screening and early detection are key elements of discovering the disease at an early stage, so breast self-exams and regular mammography screenings are vital.
Take care of your girls!