October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and TerraNova will be be joining forces to fight breast cancer with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF) to continue their mission of Helping Women Now® by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.
Although some things like family history can’t be changed, certain changes in lifestyle have been shown to decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women. Here are some tips to lower your risk from The Mayo Clinic:
- Limit alcohol intake – Based on research done between the link to alcohol consumption and breast cancer, the general recommendation is to limit yourself to limit yourself to less than 1 drink a day.
- Don’t smoke – There is increasing evidence that suggest that there is a link between smoking and breast cancer, particularly among perimenopausal women.
- Maintain a healthy weight – Obesity can increase your risk for breast cancer, particularly if it happens after menopause. Eating a healthy diet, like a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts, has been shown to help reduce the risk of breast cancer.
- Stay physically active – Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight which, in turn, decreases your risk for breast cancer.
- Breast feed – Breast feeding has been found to play a role in breast cancer. The longer you breast feed the longer the preventative effect.
- Avoid or decrease hormone therapies – Hormone therapy for more than three to five years increases the risk of breast cancer. If you’re taking it for menopausal symptoms, you might try to consider some more natural options.
- Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollutants – While more studies are still being conducted, some research suggests a link between breast cancer and radiation exposure. In addition, environmental pollutants, including products you put in and on your body (like bath & body care) should be as natural as possible.