October is called “breast cancer awareness” month for years. The pink ribbon month seems to focus on triumph and they emphasize the word survivor. As a woman, you have to believe early detection saves lives and be aware of risks that surrounds you.
But breast cancer is not a rite of passage for all women to go through, it’s something we should still be afraid of. All women should be familiar with the ways in which they can avoid breast cancer.
All women in the world deserve to live safe and happy life without disease like this plague of the 21st Century. Here are some tips that can help you avoid breast cancer naturally!
Reduce Meat and Avoid Fish
Meat contain hormones that affect our natural hormone balance and can also contain high levels of toxic pesticide residues. Consumption of unhealthy fats are responsible for increasing risk of breast cancer. A healthy diet can lower your risk of breast cancer and we advise you eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Also certain foods offer additional protection, including whole soy, especially if it’s fermented.
Breast Self – Exam
Regular self-examination can help you avoid the problem by detecting it early. Do not daily examine your breasts as it can make you overly anxious, try once a month. In addition to monthly breast self exams, we recommend every women see their healthcare providers to get clinical breast exams every three years if they’re under 40 and every year if they’re 40 or older.
Stay Active and Exercise
Exercising 3-4 times a week can reduce the risk of breast cancer by more than 30%. To get the protective effect, walk briskly and this may lower the risk of breast cancer is by decreasing circulating levels of estrogen in the body. Also dancing around the house qualifies as moderate exercise that can relax and help you in the same time.
Maintain Healthy Weight
Being overweight has many negative consequences for health, and the risk of breast cancer is one of them. Gaining weight increases estrogen production which results in accumulation of fat tissue responsible for most breast cancers. Regardless, if you are overweight, talk to your doctor or a registered dietician about dietary changes that can help you shed pounds and achieve a healthy body weight.
Statistics suggest that smoking is responsible for more than 30% of cancer deaths including breast cancer. Not smoking is the biggest favor you can do for your body. There is a causal association between secondhand smoke and breast cancer in younger, primarily premenopausal women.
Mammograms, however, are the gold standard for detecting breast cancer and are recommended for women starting at age 40, or sooner if a healthcare provider needs to rule out breast cancer due to changes in the breast. We advise every woman at age 40 and more to make mammogram test once in 2 years.
Breastfeed Your Baby
The fact that women in developed countries tend to breastfeed for shorter periods or skip it completely is a major contributor to the high rates of breast cancer in these countries. Breast-feeding reduces the estrogen hormone levels and reduces the risk of breast cancer. Breast- feed your baby and you will make 2 good things for you and your baby.
Check Alcohol Intake
Every woman should know the fact that the more a woman drinks, higher the risk of breast cancer. Alcohol consumption is clearly linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer (as well as other types of cancer), and the risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. But somehow drinking is part of enjoy for some women for that remember if you are going to drink, limit your intake to one drink per day.
Say NO to Hormones
For decades, women have used hormone therapy during and after menopause to combat symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability, and trouble sleeping. Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of breast cancer so we advise you to talk to your doctor about alternatives to HRT if you are menopausal or reaching menopause and feeling challenged by the symptoms related to menopausal hormone changes.
Learn to Relax
Everyday stress is often the cause of many malignancies including breast cancer. The rapid lifestyle and hard day tired body, lower body immunity and can not fight with outside influences. Therefore we advise you to keep a modest and humble lifestyle without any major stress. Learn how to enjoy a relaxing day with your family in nature.