As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We recognize the month by the color pink. Pink ribbons, athletes in pinks, and pink lights reflected on the White House are all apart of awareness on this special month. Most of us have someone we know who has been affected by Breast Cancer, so we wear pink proudly. But how many of us take steps to actively prevent this deadly cancer from taking form?
Here are 5 helpful tips to put to use to prevent Breast Cancer in yourself or the ones you love:
- Eat Your Fruits and Veggies – We’ll start with an easy one. This tip can be true for all areas of life, so why don’t we do it? Maintaining a healthy diet by eating fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of Breast Cancer. Also, cut back on alcohol intake. While alcohol in moderation can have health benefits, heavy intake can cause serious health problems.
- Breastfeed – Not counting the health benefits for your child, breastfeeding can be extremely beneficial for the mother. Try breastfeeding for a combined total of 1-2 years for your children.
- Avoid Birth Control Pills, particularly after the age of 35 – Did you know that taking the pill after the age of 35 makes your chances of getting Breast Cancer higher? Birth control pills also can increase your risk for stroke or heart attack. There are always risks when being on different birth control methods, so know your options.
- Avoid Post-Menopausal Hormones – Both estrogen only hormones and estrogen-plus-progestin hormones increase the risk of breast cancer. If you or your loved one do take post-menopausal hormones, it should be for the shortest time possible to avoid a higher risk of diseases. Talk to your doctor to get complete facts on the risks and advantages of hormones.
- Exercise Daily – This is another common tip for healthy living, but it rings true to Breast Cancer as well. Women who are physically active for at least 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of getting Breast Cancer. So take a walk, join a yoga class, do something to get yourself moving!
As always, we at LifeSpring want to encourage our readers to live a healthy lifestyle and share that lifestyle with your friends and family. If you have more questions on how to prevent Breast Cancer, please schedule a visit with your doctor.