The World Health Organization reports breast cancer as the leading type of cancer among women. In the U.S. alone, an estimated number of 252,710 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in the year 2017. Primary risk factors for breast cancer such as gender, age and genetics cannot be avoided. However, individual lifestyle is one factor you have control over and can significantly reduce your risk. In fact, only 15% of breast cancer cases are caused by heredity and studies show that some few simple changes in your habit can help even high-risk women.
Here are some positive steps to lower your risk of breast cancer:
Watch your weight.
This is important especially for women after menopause. Excess fat cells mean excess estrogen that can trigger breast cancer cells to develop and grow. In addition to that, women who have already survived the cancer is at a higher risk of developing it again if they are obese or overweight.
Women’s Health Initiative reports that light exercise for as little as 1.25 to 2.5 hours a week can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by up to 18%. This is important because regular exercise encourages you to be conscious of what you eat and helps you control your weight.
Even small changes such as cutting back on sugar, eating more greens and healthy fats and increasing your daily water intake can already go a long way. In fact, a bad diet is thought to be partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers.
Research has shown women to be at a higher risk of breast cancer when they have two to five alcoholic drinks daily as opposed to one a day or none at all. It is not exactly clear how or why alcohol affects women’s health in such a way, but it is definitely a good reason to limit drinking.
We are all familiar with the adverse health consequences of smoking. On top of being addictive, smoking lowers your overall quality of life, increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and at least 15 cancers, including breast cancer.
We are all guilty of neglecting our own mental and emotional health one way or another, but keeping a peaceful state of mind is definitely a habit we all need to start getting into especially as we grow older. Chronic stress can lower your immune function, making you more susceptible to a variety of disorders and diseases.
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