We hear a lot about breast cancer. For good reason: It’s a significant health threat — especially for women. About one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
In this blog we’re sharing some effective steps you can take to improve your breast health and reduce your risks for breast cancer. These tips can also improve your overall health and wellness!
Quit smoking. If you’re among the 85 percent of Americans who don’t smoke, you’re already ahead of the game. If you’d like help in finding an effective way to quit, see your health care provider. Or visit smokefree.gov .
Limit or eliminate alcohol and caffeine. One drink a day or less is a guideline to follow for better health.
Stay at a healthy weight. Your health care provider can help you determine a healthful weight for you. If you need help to lose weight, Aurora offers a number of good weight management resources.
Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. See the American Cancer Society’s recommendations for optimal body weight and nutrition.
Get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Check out these five secrets for starting and sustaining good fitness habits.
Avoid refined or heavily processed foods. Avoid refined sugar. Consider alternatives such as stevia, xylitol, agave nectar or honey.
Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. Some research suggests that high doses of radiation may be linked to breast cancer. If a test using radiation is suggested for you, visit with your health care professional for a discussion about the test’s safety and necessity.
Be aware of your breasts’ appearance. Self-breast awareness can be a good way to notice changes that may be a sign of a problem such as breast cancer.
Breast cancer symptoms may include:
Get your recommended breast screenings. Your health care provider can discuss the best screening plan for you. Screening recommendations differ based on your individual risk factors such as being a smoker, your family cancer history, age, weight and overall health.
Timely screenings can catch breast cancer early when it can often be treated successfully.
If you have any questions about breast cancer or cancer in general, visit with your health care provider. You can make an appointment online.