We've all heard the statistics. But what are the best ways to prevent breast cancer from affecting ourselves and the people we love?
Awareness is the key. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer, and also methods of early detection.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) says there is no concrete method to prevent breast cancer; however there are easy and effective ways to reduce your risk. Also, though it's much rarer, men can contract breast cancer, too. Risk reduction and early detection are important for both males and females.
Move Your Body
Regular physical activity strengthens your immune system. In fact, a study at the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center at the University of Kansas Cancer Center (BCSC) indicated the importance of exercise for breast cancer survivors.
The American Cancer Society says that exercise benefits people of all ages, even if you begin as an older adult. Do what you are comfortable doing, even if it's just walking the dog. Begin slowly and keep going.
Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean sources of protein. Make sure to limit alcohol intake. Gravitate to foods that are more natural and less processed. Eat organically-grown food whenever possible and incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your meals.
This is for moms-to-be. According to the American Cancer Society, breast feeding your baby for several months may reduce the risk of breast cancer.