1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. 1 in 8 mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, friends, and partners that will have to battle this debilitating disease. But what if there were ways to help reduce the risk of breast cancer that was completely natural and just required some small lifestyle changes?
It is possible and with more and more discoveries happening every day, researchers are finding more ways to naturally reduce your risks for breast cancer.
The best lifestyle change that can be made is diet. A simple change like adding a cruciferous vegetable serving once a day can significantly reduce your risk of breast cancer. These include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, arugula, and many more. Also adding soy to your diet can have a tremendous impact on reducing breast cancer risks.
There are a few things that can be eliminated to help as well. One big misconception is that red wine can help reduce cancer risks. While it does help with inflammation and circulation, just the opposite is true for alcohol in general in terms of breast cancer. Consuming 2 to 3 cocktails daily increases your chance of breast cancer by 20% and smoke and second hand smoke increases risks by 16%.
Exercising for just 30 minutes a day 5 times a week can also help keep breast cancer from affecting you. Adding some simple activity like walking will reduce your chance of breast cancer by up to 20%. Being active reduces your estrogen levels and subsequently lowers abnormal cells ability to grow or multiply.
While the self-breast exam is by no means a way of reducing your risk for breast cancer, it’s important to continue to check yourself often. It may not prevent cancer, early detection is the true key to successfully beating it.
With any lifestyle change, it’s important to make sure that you maintain balance and purpose to keep yourself focused and healthy. Adding certain foods, exercise, and eliminating negative elements can be just the changes that you need to greatly reduce your risks of breast cancer.
- BeliefNet, Inc. 2013