Likely you know someone who has had breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of the women and even men that have had breast cancer let’s look at some ways to lower the risk. Walking for a cure is great, but don’t you want to know how you can possibly prevent breast cancer from happening at all?
Why should you care?
Because it is estimated that in the United State alone in 2016, according to the Susan G Komen Organization, that there will be 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 61,000 new cases of in situ breast cancer in women. There is estimated to be 2,600 new cases of men diagnosed with breast cancer as well. So as you can see, this is not a disease exclusive to women.
Tips that may lessen your risk:
Eat organic whole food. Processed foods and sugars lead to inflammation in the body.
Get your Vitamin D level checked. Studies have shown that women who have breast cancer, when they optimize there Vitamin D, have greater survival rates. Optimal levels of Vitamin D are between 50-75.
Use safe skincare products and makeup that do not contain hormone disrupting chemicals known as xenoestrogens. Beautycounter is an excellent option here.
Address the stress! Stress is at the root of every disease. Many who suffer from breast cancer likely had some significant emotional stress within 5 years of their diagnosis.
Exercise. We all know that exercise is important. Did you know it helps boost your immune system and moves lymphatic fluid in your body? Be sure not to overexercise though as this can be pro-inflammatory.
Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol can have an added estrogenic affect.
Do monthly self-breast exam. You know your breast best. If you feel something has changed, get it checked out with your healthcare provider.
To learn more about cancer prevention and treatment, get your hands on the Truth About Cancer Series.