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Breast Cancer Prevention: A Matter of Lifestyle.

Posted Oct 07 2009 10:02pm
Breast Cancer Prevention: A Matter of Lifestyle.

Evidence based studies agree that the right eating habits, exercising regularly, along with caution in exposure to chemicals that promote disease, can reduce your risk of a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Cancer is a disease that develops over a period of time. Time plus exposure to chemicals, poor diet and the sedentary lifestyle.

Sure, there are risks we cannot control - age, gender, family genes, and the larger environment. However, there are preventive steps we can take for our healths’ sake.

These measures cannot provide a guarantee that you won't develop the disease, but, they will give you a great start toward breast cancer prevention.

Lifestyle choices as breast cancer prevention strategies The easiest thing for us to control is our choices of foods and drinks, and next is our activity levels. So, let’s look at some strategies to decrease the risk of breast cancer: · Limit alcohol. A strong link exists between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. The type of alcohol consumed — wine, beer or mixed drinks — seems to make no difference. To help protect against breast cancer, skip alcohol completely, in your day to life. Then permit yourself one or two guilt-free drinks during certain celebrations, your birthday, Thanksgiving, and New Years Eve. (Say 2 drinks, 3 times a year.) · Sugar. Alcohol contains large amounts of sugar, refined carbohydrates, snacks and desserts all contain great amounts of sugar the body does not need, nor can use. But, the most important thing to know about sugar is that it feeds cancer cells. Look at how much sugar you are consuming. Maintain a healthy weight. There's a clear link between obesity — being over weight, especially if you have gained the weight later in life, after menopause. Excess fat is a source of circulating estrogen. And breast cancer risk is linked to how much estrogen we're exposed to during our lifetime. There are also estrogens in the environment we need to be aware of, as well as estrogen stimulants. · Stay physically active. Regular exercise can help us maintain healthy weight and, also helps in lowering the risk of breast cancer. Plan on at least 45 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. If you haven't been particularly active in the past, start your exercise program slowly and gradually work up. Include weightbearing exercises such as walking, jogging or aerobics. These help to also keep the bones strong. · Limit the fat in your diet. Results from the more and more studies show a definite correlation between dietary fat and breast cancer risk. By reducing the amount of animal fat and chemicalized fats, such as hydrogenated fats and transfats in our diet, we can decrease the risk of breast cancer and other diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Not the low fat diet, but a diet of the right fats, we see now is what really makes the difference in protecting against disease. Hormone therapy: Long-term use linked to breast cancer Talk with your doctor about discontinuing hormone therapy. Results from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) raised concerns about the use of hormone therapy for the discomforts of menopause. Among other problems, long-term treatment with estrogen-progestin combinations increased the risk of breast cancer in women who participated in the trial. Seek out natural alternatives for menopausal distress, including regular exercise, diet changes and herbal preparations.

“The Woman’s Health Initiatives’ investigators reported that women who developed breast cancer while in the study and who were taking hormone therapy had larger more aggressive tumors. And the women in the study taking hormone therapy were also found to have more abnormal mammograms — requiring additional tests, such as ultrasound — because hormones tend to increase the density of breast tissue.”

Birth control pills and breast cancer prevention?

Analysis of combined data from many older studies shows an increase in risk for premenopausal breast cancer. The pills used in these studies include preparations that contained higher estrogen doses than is available today. The analysis of these older contraceptives showed that women who took the pill for four or more years before their first full-term pregnancy had a larger increase in pre-menopausal breast cancer risk. However, experts analyzing the data estimate that birth control pills causes a small risk today of premenopausal breast cancer. Pesticides and Antibiotics: be cautious

Breast cancer risks have recently been linked to both pesticide exposure and the over use of antibiotics. Not only in prescriptions but in foods, particularly animal proteins such as meats, chicken and turkey and farmed raised fish. So, be aware that these substances might counteract your efforts to prevent breast cancer.


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