Five years ago, on July 11, 2016 I had surgery to remove cancer that had manifested as a “lump” in my breast, followed by 6 rounds of chemotherapy and 20+ radiation treatments.

Since then I’ve learned a lot about cancer, breast cancer in particular, some of which you might find beneficial.

Only about 10-15% of cancers are linked to genetics, the percentage is even lower for breast cancer. That means the rest are related to lifestyle, environment, and occupational hazards. It’s worth taking time to look at your lifestyle and surroundings to determine if there’s anything that may be putting you at risk. Once you’ve gained that awareness, you can take steps to eliminate, or lessen, your exposure to potential cancer triggers.

Diet
Consumption of animal based foods and well done meat may increase breast cancer risk. The amount of cholesterol consumed may also play a role in the development and progression of breast cancer. Another risk factor may be not consuming enough fiber. Make it a goal to get at least twenty five grams of fiber a day. Other beneficial foods to include in your diet are broccoli and broccoli sprouts, flaxseeds, green tea and mushrooms.

Weight
Breast cancer risk is lower when you maintain a normal body weight. What is considered normal weight for you? Click HERE for several ways to calculate your ideal weight, based on your height and age.

Alcohol
Limit consumption of alcohol. No amount of alcohol is considered safe when if comes to breast cancer. If you do decide to consume alcohol have only one drink.

Exercise
Exercise can help protect against breast cancer. To be effective engage in high intensity aerobic activity at least 5 or more times a week for approximately 30 minutes or more. Or at least one hour a day of less vigorous exercise.

If you aren’t physically able to exercise that much, start from where you are and build up to it. Enlist a family member or friend to exercise with you. Having someone to exercise with can help you be and stay committed.

Stress
It’s critical to your health and well-being that you identify what causes you negative stress and find ways to manage or reduce it.

Environment
Exposure to toxins at work and home. Harmful chemicals can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. A single exposure most likely won’t result in any adverse effects but repeated use contributes to toxin buildup in your body.

To learn how to de-toxify your home click 
HERE or reach out to me, I’d be happy to talk to you about it.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Reduce the chances that it’ll be you. In addition to adopting a healthy lifestyle, perform monthly self exams and get a mammogram every year.

The deadline to register for the Flourish Women’s Wellness Retreat is quickly approaching. If you haven’t signed up yet head on over to the registration page by clicking the button below. You can use the retreat as a vehicle to kick start your wellness regimen.



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Note: There may be affiliate links in this post. • I am not a doctor. All information is for educational use only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.

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