Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

The most common cause of death for woman who are age 40 and over is breast cancer. Because of this, it is important for all women to do everything they can to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Below are some of the ways women can be proactive and lessen this risk.

Early Screenings/Exams

When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, the prognosis for it will depend on the stage it is in and how early the disease got diagnosed. Women need to have their mammograms and breast exams performed on a regular basis.

Women under the age of 20 should learn how to perform a self-breast exam. If you feel lumps or something unfamiliar in your breast, or notice any change at all, you should consult with your doctor immediately before things have the chance to get worse.

Know how your breasts feel, and know if there is a noticeable change in the breast tissue such as the size, a dimpling, a puckering or a discharge that is seen from the nipple or lump. Always stand before a mirror and inspect the breasts with your arms down by your side.

Raise the arms over your head and look for any change you might notice in the contour of your breast. When you shower, gently move your fingers over each part of your breasts.

The right hand is used to check the left breast, and the left hand is then used for examining the right breast. Always look for hard knots, lumps or any type of thickening.

Family History

Keeping good records your personal medical health history and the health of your family will pay off.  People who have a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk of having breast cancer themselves versus those who have no family history.

Eating Habits

Foods that contain carcinogens will put a person at a higher risk of acquiring breast cancer. Foods that contain carcinogens are processed foods such as sausages, hotdogs, canned goods, ham and other foods that have a lot of preservatives in them.

Eating meats that contain a lot of fat will increase the risk of breast cancer. If at all possible, it is best to opt for foods that are organic. Meats and dairy that are not organic are usually treated with antibiotics and hormones.

As well, some vegetables and fruits have higher levels of pesticides. This is usually because the pesticides are absorbed through the root system or because of the permeable skin on the food. Some of these include apples, celery, collards, bell peppers, cherries, strawberries, peaches, kale and spinach.

Sleep

Believe it or not, studies have shown a link between breast cancer and a lack of sleep. Studies show that women who sleep less than six hours at night are at a higher risk of having breast cancer. It has to do with the melatonin produced during sleep. Melatonin will suppress the release of estrogen.

About every 70 seconds, a woman will die from breast cancer somewhere in this world. It is the number two killer of women worldwide. The less risk you have of breast cancer, the better off you are. Take better control of your health today, and do not be one of the many statistics.