Breast Cancer Prevention/Lifestyle Modification
With genetic and hereditary factors accounting for as little as five to ten percent of all breast cancer diagnoses, more and more focus is being placed on healthy lifestyle factors that can help women try to prevent the onset of breast cancer when possible, as well as to remain strong and resilient through diagnosis and treatment, for better overall outcomes.
While breast cancer can be unpredictable, there are several common sense precautions that every woman can take in order to help reduce their breast cancer risk.Continue Reading ↓
Know Your Risk
Some women carry a higher risk of developing breast cancer than others, either through genetic factors, such as a mutation, to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, or a direct relative, such as a mother or daughter with the disease. Other biological factors, such as age at first childbirth, menopause, and beginning of menstruation can also potentially elevate a woman’s risk. Environmental and occupational factors, such as exposure to industrial and radioactive chemicals can also impact breast cancer risk.
Maintain a Healthy Weight and Get Regular Exercise
The health benefits of keeping off excess weight have been well documented, and breast cancer is no exception. Specifically, weight gain and obesity after menopause have been linked to increased breast cancer risk. Being physically active can also help to lower breast cancer risk, as well as aid in the recovery process for women who have been diagnosed and undergone treatment for the disease.
Moderate Alcohol Intake
Alcohol can elevate estrogen levels, which can increase the risk for breast cancer in some women. Limiting alcohol consumption to one drink or less per day is strongly recommended for lowering breast cancer risk, as well as for general health purposes.
Like obesity, smoking can increase the risk of breast and other cancers, and wreak havoc on a person’s overall health.
Limit Hormone Therapy
Prolonged hormone replacement therapy (more than five years) may increase the risk for breast cancer. Women experiencing menopause symptoms should consult with their physician to weigh the benefits and risks of hormone replacements.
It can be difficult to find balance in a hyper connected world and over burdened lifestyle. Making time to enjoy pleasurable and relaxing activities, be it taking a yoga class, learning a new language, or scheduling monthly dinner dates with friends and loved ones can help to relieve stress, which is often at the root of many unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as excessive alcohol consumption and overeating.
Contact a Breast Cancer Specialist Today
For compassionate, professional diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sadia Khan, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Hoag Breast Care Center in Newport Beach. Please call 949.390.9381 to schedule a comprehensive consultation today!
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