Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tuesday Tips - Breast Cancer Prevention

To go along with our new Speranza Soap "hope" and our recent post on Pink Ribbon products, I decided to this weeks Tuesday Tips on ways to help reduces your risk of Breast Cancer. This Info is courtesy of Breast Cancer Prevention Fund.

According to Breast Cancer Prevention Fund an average of about one out of every 8 women will get breast cancer in the course of a 90-year life span. Knowing what can increase or decrease your risk for breast cancer is important, so here are some tips to help you live a healthier life.

What Can Make Your Risk for Breast Cancer Go Down? What Can Make Your Risk for Breast Cancer Go Up?
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Losing extra weight
  • Regular exercise
  • Reducing alcohol use
  • Quitting smoking
  • Minimizing/eliminating extra estrogen
  • Preventive measures for high risk (surgery, medication)
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Smoking
  • Excessive weight
  • Prolonged estrogen exposure
  • Abnormal breast cell growth
  • First full-term pregnancy after age 30
  • Never having a full-term pregnancy
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Early start of menstruation
  • Late menopause

Can Breast Cancer Be Prevented?

Although we know some of the risk factors linked to breast cancer, we do not yet know what causes most breast cancer. It could be that a woman of average risk for breast cancer might lower her risk somewhat by changing those risk factors that can be changed. These include giving birth to several children and breast feeding them for several months, not drinking alcohol, exercising regularly, and staying slim. It is also important for women to perform monthly
breast self-exams.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Breast Cancer Prevention Fund. This site is full of a lot of excellent info, I definitely recommend checking it out.


HareAndDrum said...

Thanks for this! I'm feeling relatively safe, except for that late first pregnancy.

Astrida Naturals said...

Great blog, and great information. Knowing about breast cancer prevention is so important. Thank you for posting this information.