5 Ways to Help Protect and Prevent Breast Cancer
Approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States develops invasive breast cancer. Protect yourself by adopting good habits today that can prevent cancer later in life.
- A Healthy Diet Is the Best Protection
A healthy diet is your first line of defense against breast cancer. This approach can actually help you stay happy, active, and prevent a long list of other potential illnesses. Cut back on sugary foods and eat more vegetables, healthy fats, and organic proteins.
- Keep Radiation Exposure to a Minimum
When you have procedures like x-rays and mammogram done, you are exposed to small amounts of radiation. A little is safe, but too much can cause cancer. Stick with your regular mammogram schedule, but do so under a doctor’s supervision.
- If Possible, Consider Breastfeeding
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Women who breastfeed for the first six months are 10% less likely to die from cancer. If you are able, try to stick with breastfeeding for those first months with baby.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is a really good way to prevent all kinds of cancers as well as other medical issues. This is especially important after reaching menopause. Make a good diet and regular exercise a part of your routine.
- Don’t (or Stop) Smoking
Smoking doesn’t just affect the lungs, it can also cause cancer in other parts of the body including the breasts. Don’t start! If you do smoke, now is a perfect time to break the habit.
If you have concerns about breast cancer, talk to your OBGYN. Your gynecologist will be able to answer questions and make recommendations including types and frequency of screenings knowing your personal medical history. Make an appointment today to learn more about your risk for breast cancer.