One of the main health problems that women have to deal with in today’s world is breast cancer. All women have a nine percent chance of developing this form of cancer just for being female. This means that women can only be helped by learning all they can about breast cancer and how to prevent it.
1. Limit Alcohol
Studies show that there is an increasing link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. The more you drink over a longer period of time greatly increases your chances of getting this form of cancer.
2. Control Your Weight
Being overweight at any point in life increases your chances of getting breast cancer. The chances are particularly increased if obesity happens later in life – especially after menopause.
Participating in physical activities each week help keep you in shape, and as stated in step number two, controlling your weight can decrease your chances of getting breast cancer. The best option is to participate in 75 to 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous activities. Also, by combining this with strengthening exercises is a great way to maintain your shape.
Breastfeeding has as many beneficial effects for the mother as it does for the child. Prolonging can keep breast cancer at bay. This is because your body has a healthy amount of hormones instead of an overabundance of estrogen, which is known to cause breast cancer.
5. Only Use Hormone Therapy for a Short Period of Time
Hormone therapy typically is used to replace estrogen in the body once menopause starts. Too much estrogen has not only been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer, but also uterine cancer. Most therapies do use progesterone also to even out the balance of estrogen, but most therapies should still only be used for a short period of time.
6. Cook with Stainless Steel
Aluminum is a metal that contains estrogen. When you cook with aluminum, it can get on your food, and it is even possible to breathe it in as you cook. It has been shown in studies that breast tissue concentrates aluminum in areas close to the underarms where breast cancers are most commonly spotted. So, it is also smart to avoid deodorants that contain aluminum as well.
7. Be Aware of Chemicals in Sunscreen
While everyone knows the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect against skin cancer, not all women know that there are chemicals in some sunscreens that can actually cause breast cancer. Many contain the active ingredient titanium oxide. During the production of this ingredient the carcinogenic agent, dioxin is released. Chemicals that mimic estrogen are also found in many sunscreens. These can increase breast cell growth. The chemicals most commonly found in sunscreens that can have this effect are 3-(4-methyl benzylidene)-camphor (4-MBC) and octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC).
8. Do Not Get Unnecessary X-Rays or CT Scans
The exposure to ionizing radiation is the best established environmental cause for breast cancer not only in women but in men too. The effects of radiation only accumulate over your lifetime. The greatest impact is done to the body when given to young children. If it is not necessary, avoid having tests done that require being exposed to this form of radiation.
9. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
It is important to get a diet high in fruits in vegetables to keep healthy anyway; however, most if not all fruits and vegetables have natural chemicals in them that fight off cancer. It is best to eat five to seven cups of either or both daily. Also, as much as possible, eat them raw and not cooked.
10. Eat the Right Fats
A diet high in bad fats (omega-6 fats and trans-fats) is one of the known researched causes of breast cancer. It not only increases weight, but causes a number of health problems for women and men. Instead seek out foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These have many healing properties including fighting off breast cancer.
These steps are just a handful of ways to keep breast cancer at bay. Stay up to date on new research that is developed and stick to the basics: eat healthy, exercise, and avoid unnecessary chemicals or products.