Breast cancer is the type of cancer diagnosed most often in women around the world. In the United States, as estimated 220,000 women and 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen. Knowing your own risk factors and ways to support your health are powerful tools in the fight to protect yourself against breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
There are many potential risk factors for developing breast cancer as opposed to one thing known to cause it. This is why it remains a blindsiding diagnoses in both men and women. Talking with your physician can help you determine what your individual risk factors are and how to better look after yourself.
Here are the most well-known breast cancer risk factors you should know about:
- History of breast cancer in family
- Mutations of BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes (women)
- Dense breast tissue
- Women who got their first period before the age of 12
- Women who had children late in life
- Men with excess estrogen
- Men who’ve been exposed to large amounts of radiation
Breast Cancer Prevention
While there is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, there are some steps you can take to better look after yourself. These are the strategies we recommend implementing to better prevent breast cancer or enable you to detect early and improve your chance of survival:
- Perform a monthly self exam (download our one-sheet HERE)
- Schedule a mammogram every two years or as recommended by your doctor after age 50 (women)
- Observe your breasts daily for any changes in appearance or texture
- Exercise daily
- Quit smoking
- Manage stress
When it comes to your diet, no one food or foods is known to prevent any type of cancer, but eating a balanced diet of whole, organic and unprocessed foods provides powerful nutrients like antioxidants which strengthen the body’s defenses.
We recommend adding these foods to your diet:
Remember, breast health should be a year-round priority, so let October be a reminder to refocus your efforts on looking after the health of your breasts. Think pink and take charge of your health.