Preventing Breast Cancer

Posted at 11:10 am on 10/19/2013 by Nikki

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Odds are great that you know at least one person who has breast cancer. You may even be a survivor or know may women who have survived breast cancer.  Cancers of all kind have become almost common in our society. The good news is that there are things that you can do to lower your risks of cancer, even it if runs in your family.

The following put you at a greater risk for breast cancer:

  • Birth Control Use
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Excess Estrogen in the Environment

You can’t change your age, gender, or family history but you can control the substances entering your body. You also can maintain a healthy body weight. Small changes in lifestyle can go a long way toward lowering your risks for breast cancer and many other forms of cancer.

The Little Things You Can Do Today

  1. Exercise for 30 minutes or more a day
  2. Limit the amount of estrogen that you consume in your food and water.
  3. If pregnant, plan to breast feed.
  4. Eat a clean diet that is primarily plant-based and grass-fed livestock or wild catch fish.
  5. Perform monthly self-examines and alert your doctor of any changes as soon as you detect them.

Until Next Week,

Nicole D. P. McLaughlin, PT

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