"Knowledge isn't power until it is applied." — Dale Carnegie
Six years ago, on July 11, 2016, I had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my right breast. That was 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 I'm confident you'll find beneficial.
Only about 10-15% of cancers are linked to genetics. The rest are related to lifestyle, environment, and occupational hazards. It’s definitely worth the time and effort to take an assessment of your lifestyle and surroundings. Is there 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.
Consumption of animal based foods and well done meat may increase the risk of breast cancer. 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 increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you consume every day. Other beneficial foods to include in your diet are broccoli, broccoli sprouts, flaxseeds, green tea and mushrooms.
Breast cancer risk is lower when you maintain a normal body weight. What is considered normal weight for you? Click the link HERE, for several ways to calculate your ideal weight.
Limit consumption of alcohol. No amount of alcohol is considered safe when if comes to breast cancer. If you do decide to consume alcohol consume only one alcoholic beverage a day.
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.
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. Chronic stress can wreak havoc on you health!
You may be exposed to toxins in a number of places including your home. When you come in contact with harmful chemicals they 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, bioaccumulation, in your body.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Reduce the chances that it’ll be you. Adopt a healthy lifestyle, perform monthly self exams, and get regular breast ultrasounds.
Want to make lifestyle changes but need help getting started? Apply for a free wellness consult with me. Book one now!