Steps to Take to Protect Your Breast Health

There is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.

These four steps can help reduce the risk of breast cancer [3].

  1. Maintain a healthy diet
  2. Stay physically active
  3. Avoid drinking and smoking
  4. Understand your family health history

A great way to reduce your chances of developing breast cancer is to stay active.

Women who are overweight have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer than women who are not overweight. Overweight women develop a higher risk because their fat cells produce more estrogen, which leads to hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers to develop and grow [1]. To prevent this issue, women can stay physically active and eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, seeds, and vitamin D.

Another way to protect your health is to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

Women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15% higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who don't drink at all [2]. This is because alcohol increases the levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with breast cancer. Women should also avoid smoking cigarettes to reduce the chances of developing breast cancer and other health issues such as lung damage and blood clots.

Knowing your family’s medical history will help you understand the health risks you may face as you age.

Cancer is a disease that runs through generations, and women with first-degree female relatives that have been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher chance of developing breast cancer [3].

These simple steps can help your body grow stronger as you age. It’s important to live by these steps to help reduce breast cancer symptoms and other health complications.

Book an appointment with Dr. Hill to discuss all the measures you can take to ensure your female health.

 

References

  1. “Being Overweight.” Breastcancer.org

https://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/weight

  1. “Drinking Alcohol.” Breastcancer.org

https://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/alcohol

  1. “Family History.” Breastcancer.org

https://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/family_history

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