Top 5 Breast Cancer Prevention Tips
Lifestyle choices play a huge role in breast cancer prevention: “As many as 70% of known causes of cancer are avoidable and related to lifestyle.” (Moffitt Cancer Center)
Try adopting these 5 breast cancer-prevention tips to be your healthiest self:
TIP 1: Eat a Cancer-Fighting Diet. To reduce your risk of cancer, look no further than your fridge. Load up on 5-9 servings of pesticide-free fruits and veggies a day. Some of our favorite cancer-fighting foods? Broccoli, Raspberries, Tomatoes, Walnuts and Garlic. Try this yummy seasonal dish- perfect for fall!
TIP 2: Stay Active. Here are a few easy tips to get more physical: Stand more, sit less. Park farther away. Take the stairs! Incorporate brisk walking 2 hours a week, hiking on Saturday mornings or 30 min of cardio 4 days a week. Need more ideas? We love this Top 50 Ways to Be More Active Pinterest board.
Tip 3: Don't Shy Away from Exams. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.Get into the habit of checking your breasts regularly and keeping up with your annual exams and mammograms. Here is a helpful reference to learn more about performing self-exams.
Tip 4: 8 Cups a Day. Toxins in your body, like pesticides, mercury, artificial sweeteners and food coloring, can create many health risks, both short term and long term. Drinking enough (filtered) water helps to flush out your body’s toxins and decreases your chances of developing cancer. Java-drinkers and tea aficionados can include coffee and tea as part of their daily water intake.
Tip 5: Golden Sleep. It’s no secret that sleep does more for your body than just get rid of your under-eye bags! Sleep deprivation (classified as getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night) has been linked to a host of diseases including Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, hyperglycemia, etc. (Center for Human Sleep Science at UC Berkeley)