Since October is considered to be a Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Team theedgymind decided to draft a post to create awareness about this preventable disease.
Breast cancer usually develops from breast tissues. It can be detected via a lump in breast, change is shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid discharge from nipples, red patches on the skin, bone pain, yellow skin or shortness of breath.
Highly risk factors are obesity, lack of physical exercise, alcohol consumption, hormone replacement therapy, menopause or an early age during the first menstruation. In some cases, it is inherited from the parents.
Here are 10 ways to lower down the risk of breast cancer.
1) LOSE WEIGHT
A number of studies show that females suffering from obesity have breast cancer. The more fat cells you have, the more estrogen you circulate in your body. Regular exercise and proper diet can help to maintain the weight.
2) ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Studies show that alcohol is necessary for the body but excess always harms. Alcohol contains many fluids that can choke the hormones or cells. So a limited consumption helps to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
3) HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
It increases the risk of breast cancer, so it is better to avoid it. If you wish to have, then take it at the lowest possibility for the shortest time and try to get off as soon as possible.
4) BIS-PHENOL (A) OR (BPA)
It contains the chemical that is used in hard plastics and in linings of canned food. Try to consume fresh and frozen fruits instead of canned ones. Especially try to avoid canned foods that contain acidic foods or fruits. Acid increases the leaching of BPA. It is also found in glasses or plastic bottles. Always carry stainless steel reusable bottle or look for BPA free bottles.
Breastfeed plays a vital role in breast cancer prevention. The longer the breastfeed, the greater will be the protective effects.
6) EAT RIGHT FOODS
Some foods increase the risk of breast cancer. Red meat increases the risk of several cancers including breast cancer. Try to consume less and small portions. Consumption of fresh fruits and veggies lower the risk of breast cancers.
7) EXPOSURE TO RADIATION
Studies reflect that there is a sort of link between the breast cancer and radiation exposure. Try to avoid these exposures. Except when such tests are really needed.
8) SCREENING APPOINTMENTS
Sometimes breast cancer takes place gradually. So regular screening appointments will lead to timely cure at an early stage of cancer. Be active at screening appointments.
9) FISH OIL SUPPLEMENTS
High inflammations in bodies lead to breast cancer. Fish oil helps to reduce the inflammations, which usually helps to prevent cells from damaging and becoming cancerous.
10) BREAST IMPLANTS
A study states that 38% women are more likely to die from breast cancer after getting breast implants. This is because Silicone and saline implants produce a lot of breast tissues. Such changes can increase the risk of breast cancer.