It’s officially National Breast Cancer Awareness month and we’re starting it off by learning about how we can reduce the risk of developing the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in every 8 women is diagnosed with some form of breast cancer throughout their lifetime and we all want to make that margin larger. Although we’re in the midst of living fast paced work hard, party hard lifestyles, it’s super important to slowdown sometimes and give our bodies the necessary attention required for us to stay healthy for the long run.
Below are 4 general ways we can reduce the risk of breast cancer found on cancer.org:
1. Watch your weight. This may be something we tend to do on the regular anyway; but the importance of it goes deeper than maintaining our beach-body image. Women who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop breast cancer, especially as they get older. We should check our current weight and compare it to a weight chart to see if we may want to start trying to lose any extra pounds or not.
2. Exercise regularly. It can be a real struggle to find time to work out with a busy schedule, but even just a few hours physical activity per week is better than none. It is important that we manage to do something, even if it’s only 75 to 150 minutes of walking on a weekly basis, because exercise has been shown to lower risk. It is recommended that we get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.
3. Limit alcohol. The more we drink on a daily basis, the higher our risk of developing breast cancer is. It is recommended that we have no more than one drink a day (so for purposes of us being more likely to drink heavily on a Friday or Saturday; let’s say we shouldn’t consume more than a total of 7 drinks a week). A “drink” is considered to be equivalent to 1 1/2 ounces of hard liquor, 5 ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer.
4. Avoid or limit menopausal hormone therapy. This type of procedure is for when we get older… It involves taking hormones to alleviate the symptoms of menopause. So when that time comes, we should look for other options on how to handle the changes our bodies are experiencing.
These steps seem super easy to handle, right? For that reason, we should apply them to our lives everyday, not just in October. #StayAware and check back throughout the month for more things we’re learning about breast cancer.
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