Be Proactive In Your Fight: Tips For Preventing Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths among women.  Here are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to be proactive in your fight against breast cancer.

  • Breast Feed- Some studies show women who breastfeed may have a slightly lower risk of breast cancer.  Breastfeeding interrupts ovulation and this lowers estrogen output. Breastfeeding may also help breast cells become fully mature and thus less prone to mutations that can turn cancerous.
  • Consume Less Alcohol- Alcohol reduces the liver’s ability to metabolize estrogen. Even one to two drinks a day over your lifetime could spike your risk of breast cancer.  In one study, the amount of alcohol in three, 4-ounce glasses of wine more than tripled the amount of estrogen in women’s bodies.
  • Exercise- In one study, women who exercised vigorously cut their breast cancer risk by more than a third compared to non-exercisers. Exercise helps stimulate the immune system and fight free radicals that corrode cells in the body.
  • Maintain a Normal Body Weight- Piling on the pounds, especially around the waistline, is associated with increased breast cancer risk. One study showed that women in their 50’s who have gained more than 20 pounds had twice the risk of breast cancer. Body fat may convert adrenal hormones to estrogen after menopause. Losing weight before menopause, however, lowers risk.
  • Eat More Fiber- A diet full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables supplies both soluble and insoluble fiber (the type that doesn’t dissolve in the body) which binds to estrogen and escorts it out of the body. Fiber may also enhance bacteria that metabolize estrogen. Wheat bran also contains phytic acid and lignans shown to block the growth of mammary cancer in the lab studies. A bowl of cereal will provide one quarter of your quota.
  • Eat More Fruits and Vegetables- Plant foods provide phytochemicals which all have different protective effects against breast cancer. Red peppers and strawberries, for example, are rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that blocks the formation of harmful free radicals that corrode cells, which leads to cancer. While five daily servings of fruits and vegetables is the minimum for good health, doubling that amount may be more protective against breast cancer.
  • Eat More Fish- Salmon, mackerel and other cold water fish contain Omega-3s, the same fatty acids that reduce blood fats and protect against heart disease may also protect against breast tumors. Other good sources of the omega-3 fatty acids are flaxseeds, soy and walnuts.
  • Switch to Olive Oil or Canola Oil- Women who consumed three fourths of a tablespoon of monounsaturated fat could cut their breast cancer risk in half, according to a Swedish study involving 60,000 women. These oils may help to balance fats in the body, which affects estrogen levels. Substitute monounsaturated fat for margarine, butter and other trans-fatty acids (most fats in processed foods) and saturated fat sources. And eat mono-rich avocados and almonds.
  • Avoid Charring Foods- Those tasty black marks on your burger could be dangerous. The fat laced throughout animal protein (even lean cuts), when heated to high temperatures, forms heterocyclic amines in the body, which may prompt breast tumor formation.
  • Limit Hormone Replacement Therapy- Women should limit conventional hormone replacement therapy to five years. After menopause, taking estrogen alone for more than four years increases the risk for breast cancer by 20 percent. But the most recent studies show that breast cancer risk increases by 40 percent among women who take the combination estrogen/progestin (the term for synthetic progesterone) hormone replacement therapy than for non-users. Taking HRT for less than five years does not increase the risk.
  • Don’t Smoke- Simple enough. Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. In addition, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
  • Eat Organic- Many studies are finding links between pesticide exposure and ADHD, autism, Parkinson’s disease and cancer, including breast cancer. When you buy organic food, you’re ensuring that your food is grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers, sewage sludge laced with human and industrial waste, and genetically engineered ingredients.
  • Clean Greener- Most cleaning products on the market are laced with harmful industrial ingredients you won’t find listed on the label. In the study, breast cancer was twice as prevalent in women who used the highest amounts of cleaning products; those who used air fresheners and mold and mildew products (especially the ones containing bleach) faced the highest risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. There are many green cleaning products on the market and even ways to make your own natural cleaning products at home. For more information on making your on cleaning products, just Google it.
  • Relax!- It’s well documented that stress can cause all kinds of health problems. But a British survey in 1995 concluded that women who reported severe stress in the previous five years were 50 percent more likely to have breast cancer. Although there is still some debate over these findings reducing your stress levels will undoubtedly be beneficial for your overall health.

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  5. If you have a high fats intake, you’ll put your self in high risk associated with cancer. Ladies who frequently consume milk with high content of saturated fats puts themselves in higher risk of contracting breast cancer.

  6. Cancer apparently thrives in an acid atmosphere and so it is best to avoid a lot meat. Some animals are fed development hormones and antibiotics, and may also have parasites, which are harmful, especially to individuals already suffering from cancer. Meat protein can also be tougher to digest and also the undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied, leading to much more toxic build-up. Fish and a little chicken are thought to be the best recommendation. As well as meats, research suggests that the following are also foods to be avoided: starchy, fried foods like chips and fries (these contain the chemical, acryl amide – a probable carcinogen), smoked and pickled foods, grapefruit, trans fats, sodas, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners and milk.

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