Breast cancer – Two words enough to jolt a woman out of her seat.
We all are a bit uncomfortable when it comes to the big C. When someone close to us got diagnosed with the disease or even when we read about it in newspapers, the thought of breast cancer is enough to give us goosebumps even on a hot sunny day. Women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer (Yikes).
The hard truth is that we can’t always handle what happens to us, but we can try to prevent and ensure that the chances of getting this heart-wrenching illness hit the rock bottom.
1. Don’t smoke (Pollution is enough to get high on)
As much as it may make you feel light after a tiring-hard day, smoking is a sure shot escalator to the heaven above. Not in poetic terms but in literal ones where you die and go to heaven (or hell if you ever forgot to water your plants). On top of lowering quality of life and increasing the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke and breast cancer obviously, smoking also causes yellow teeth. So do it for your teeth.
2. Be physically active (And we don’t mean taking stairs instead of elevators)
It’s a known fact that exercising and being active decreases your chance to get a plethora of diseases and makes you an immortal (or near to it at least). Women who are physically active for at least 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. Regular exercise is also one of the best ways to help keep weight in check. So take your yoga pants out and get it going girl.
3. Consume a rich diet with fruits and vegetables (Fruity bubblegum doesn’t count)
A Harvard research, suggests 19% lower risk of breast cancer amongst women whose diets encompasses high levels of carotenoid levels. And you know what has the highest levels of Carotenoid levels? All the things your mother keeps pestering you to have. Leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, and red peppers. Try visiting that grocery store soon and maintain your health.
4. Know your family health history (Get that family tree out)
You may be at high risk of breast cancer if you have family members (including males) who developed breast, ovarian or prostate cancer. It might be wise to take early precautions and paying regular visits to your doctor if your family has suffered at the hands of big C before.
5. Keep your weight in check (Quote-unquote “too healthy”)
Being overweight can increase the risk of many different cancers, including breast cancer, especially after menopause. Having more fat tissue can increase your chance of getting breast cancer by raising estrogen levels. One more reason to have gym in your New Year resolution.
6. Limit hormone replacement therapy (Hormones- More tough to balance even than winged eyeliner)
Post-menopausal hormones (Estrogen and progestin) are often used by women to help control night sweats, hot flashes, and other symptoms of menopause. These hormones although sounding friendly got a mixed effect on health, increasing the risk of some diseases and lowering the risk of others like breast cancer. And we all know how hormones are a woman’s worst enemy if they re disturbed. (Hello pimples) Take to your doctor in detail before consuming them.
7. Pull the breaks on alcohol train (Yes, wine counts too)
As tempting as Ladies night and free alcohol may sound on those TGIFs, research has shown women who have 2 to 3 alcohol drinks a day have about a 20% higher risk compared to women who don’t drink at all. The level not to be crossed is 1 alcohol drink in a single day to have happy and healthy breasts.
A strong mindset and a healthy lifestyle must be kept in mind to have a breast cancer-free life.
Nothing is scarier than being diagnosed with cancer, but a woman’s resolute has known too even break the shackles of history.
“Fight like a girl.”
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