Lifestyle Changes Can Prevent Breast Cancer Risks
Data shows breast cancer is the number two cancer killer after cervical cancer.
However, it still needs a lot of research to completely understand the causes of breast cancer.
But there are certain steps that can be done to help reduce your chances of developing breast cancer.
“It is really important to understand that you can take precautions. There are things you can do to reduce the risk of breast cancer,” said head of nutrition programs for the organization, Alice Bender, as reported by Today.
1. Have a healthy weight
It is one of the lifestyle changes that is most important that you can do to reduce the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer and 10 other cancers.
That’s because excess body fat can produce chemicals that promote chronic inflammation, increased levels of insulin and hormones that can trigger cell growth.
BMI (body mass index) and waist size can be a good indicator of whether you have a healthy weight.
Excess fat in the waist area may be very worrying.
Following a plant-based diet, keeping your calorie intake, and eating plenty of vegetables, grains and nuts can prevent breast cancer.
2. Physical activity.
Physical activity reduces the risk of breast cancer both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal.
The simple act of moving your body can also help keep your weight, boost the immune system and help keep the digestive tract in good shape.
Do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. Brisk walking can increase heart rate.
3. Avoid consuming alcohol
Alcohol is a carcinogen. Alcohol can damage DNA and increase hormones like estrogen in your body that can lead to cancer.