Health risks can be just as dangerous as external threats - so it’s important to keep overall wellness in mind when trying to maximize your safety. Health and wellness is crucial as ever during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during which SABRE and National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) are sharing ways to promote your safety, inside and out.
There are a lot of questions out there about breast cancer, which can be a scary topic. So here are 7 facts about breast cancer based on NBCF’s most frequently asked questions:
Exercise can reduce your breast cancer riskAll it takes is about 30 minutes of exercise per day to boost your immune system and help keep your weight healthy.
A low-fat diet can reduce your risk of developing breast cancerThat’s because fat “triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumor growth,” according to NBCF. So, shoot for less than 30 grams of fat per day, and fill your plate with nutritious foods like fruits and green and orange vegetables.
A non-smoking lifestyle can help reduce your breast cancer riskSmoking is a well-known carcinogen, and has been a confirmed contributing risk factor for developing breast cancer since 2012. So, if you don’t smoke already, use this fact as extra motivation to resist taking up the habit. If you do smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting.
If your family has a history of breast cancer and you take or are thinking about taking oral contraceptives, talk to your doctorYour gynecologist might recommend that you take a break from your medication at five-year intervals.
You should give yourself a self-breast exam every monthLook for signs and symptoms of early breast cancer about 7-10 days after your time of the month begins. Mark it on your calendar, and create an Early Detection Plan. If there are any changes in your breasts from one month to the next, see your doctor.
The more menstrual cycles a woman has had in her life, the higher risk she has of developing breast cancerFactors include beginning your menstrual cycle before age 12, whether or not you’ve had biological children and how old you are when you begin menopause.
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