Breast Cancer Awareness Month: This October, all of us here at Healtheo360 will be wearing our pink ribbons to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the disease.
Breast cancer is currently the most common cancer among women in the United States. According to Breastcancer.org, roughly 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. However, advanced treatment options and early detection are helping women everywhere beat the disease and live a full and happy life.
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the National Breast Cancer Foundation is offering a free Breast Health Guide, available through their website. The guide offers advice on how women can monitor their breast health, as well as preparing for your first mammogram.
While 5% to 10% of breast cancer diagnoses are believed to be hereditary, the majority of those who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease. By making lifestyle changes, you can significantly lower the risk of developing breast cancer. Here are 5 ways to reduce your risk:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #1: Avoid Alcohol
Even small amounts of alcohol can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Try to limit yourself to one drink a day, as heavy alcohol use can increase the risk of developing the disease.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #2: Watch Your Weight
Obesity increases the risk of breast cancer, especially in older women who have gone through menopause. Eating a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables can help you regulate your weight and significantly reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #3: Exercise
The health benefits associated with exercise are extensive. However, women who engage in physical activity for just 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #4: Avoid Smoking
Research shows a direct link between breast cancer and smoking, especially in premenopausal women. It’s best to avoid smoking altogether, as the habit is linked to a number of deadly diseases.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #5: Breast-Feed
Breast-feeding can actually serve as a protective exercise against breast cancer. Studies suggest the longer you breast-feed, the lower the risk of developing the disease.
If you are a loved one is living with breast cancer, consider joining our free support group at Healtheo360 to share your story.