Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between 40 and 55. Getting a regular mammogram and doing self-exams are both ways to lower your risk of dying from breast cancer. Here are some other things that you can do to lower your risk.
Breast feeding may reduce your breast cancer risk by up to one third. Lactation is thought to flush carcinogens out of the breast ducts.
Drink less alcohol.
More than one glass a day raises estrogen which increases your breast cancer risk.
Being overweight puts you at a higher risk for developing breast cancer, especially after menopause. Extra fat makes extra estrogen and that is what puts you at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
There are so many reasons why you should quit, but smoking could also affect you if you are going through treatment for breast cancer. Your lungs could be weakened from smoking and this could make it harder for you to fight the breast cancer.
Get more exercise.
Studies have shown that 5 hours a week of exercise will lower estrogen levels and reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Exercise will also help to maintain a healthy weight which is essential for lowering estrogen levels.
Reduce the amount of red meat, processed meats and animal fats (like the fats in dairy foods) that you have in your diet. Studies have shown that higher cholesterol levels increase the risk of breast cancer.
Learning relaxation methods and making them a part of your life is good for your overall health and well-being. Stress can cause illness and learning how to relax can help you to boost your immune system.
Reducing the amount of junk food, processed food and substituting with a diet full of fruits and vegetables is a way to lower your risk of developing many cancers, including breast cancer. Healthy diets will also help you to maintain your weight.
Breast cancer can be a treatable disease but it needs to be diagnosed early. Preventive care can help you to lower your risk and routine self-examination of your breasts can help you to know your body. Many suspicious lumps are found by women who do self-exams. Yearly mammograms are also important and shouldn’t be put off.
Follow the tips for lowering your risks of developing breast cancer. You will also be lowering your risks for developing other cancers and helping yourself to live a happier and healthier life.