8 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

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Breasts are considered to be the most attractive feature of a woman’s body. Nowadays, we generally have someone in our acquaintance who has suffered from breast cancer. Medical science has made great progress these days and we get to hear a lot of positive things related to this.

There are many factors that cause breast cancer, some of which are unavoidable like hereditary and aging. You can make some changes in your lifestyle to prevent it.

Here are some useful tips which can lower the risk of developing breast cancer.

1) Keep an Eye on your Weight

Obesity increases the risk of breast cancer. After menopause, women generally start gaining weight. In order to have a healthy and long life, maintaining one’s weight must be a primary goal for everyone. It helps in preventing various other types of cancers as well. Increase in the level of insulin due to obesity can also be cancerous.

 

2) Regular Exercise is the Key

Doing some exercise does not necessarily relate to sweating it out at the gym. A morning or evening walk can be very fruitful for your health. The D.H.H.S (Department of Health and Human Services) recommends 150 minutes of normal physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity in a week. Regular exercise also helps in controlling obesity.

 

3) Limit your Intake of Alcohol

Excessive drinking increases the chances of breast and other types of cancer. American Cancer Society recommends 1 drink a day to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Moderate drinking is not alarming but excessive drinking needs to be checked immediately.

 

4) Quit Smoking NOW!

Statistics show that smoking and breast cancer have a deep link especially in the case of premenopausal women. Smoking is related to at least 15 different types of cancer. For a healthy life, one must give up smoking immediately. Smoking also causes yellowing of teeth, bad breath and has many other effects which make you less attractive.

 

5) Go for Fruits and Vegetables

Having fruits and veggies,  is the best preventive measure one can take to avoid breast cancer. Fruits like blueberries, strawberries, peaches and plums have great anti-cancer properties. Vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and sprouts have antioxidants and Vitamins like C, E and K which help in fighting cancer.

 

6) Breastfeeding is the Savior

Breastfeeding acts as a protecting agent from breast cancer. Doctors suggest that the longer you breastfeed your baby, the more healthy your breasts become. On the one hand, it is very beneficial for your baby, while on the other, it prevents breast cancer! It’s a complete win-win situation.

 

7) Avoid Birth-Control Pills

It has been observed that women who are on birth control pills are more prone to breast cancer. Birth control pills also increase the chances of stroke or heart attack. However, it has many advantages like it prevents ovarian, colon and uterine cancer. But to avoid the risk of breast cancer, stop taking birth control pills.

 

8) Keep a Check on Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is used to control the symptoms of menopause. But often this treatment needs a combination of estrogen and progestin, which have been identified to be a cause of development of breast cancer. Consult your doctor well in advance to know the risks and benefits associated with this type of treatment.

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