There are a number of habits that help you prevent breast cancer
Breast cancer is a form of cancer that unfortunately cannot be completely prevented. Certain factors such as aging or family members with breast cancer cannot be influenced. Yet there are a number of habits that you do have influence on, which can prevent the risk of this disease. We explain how this works.
1. Eat enough fiber
Eating enough fiber reduces the risk of breast cancer. Research shows that women who eat 30 grams of fiber a day are 32 percent less likely to have breast cancer. So, collect those bags of oatmeal, blueberries, carrots, green beans and nuts!
2. Skip alcoholic drinks
No matter how difficult it might be, it’s better to skip alcoholic beverages. Drinking many alcoholic beverages can result in a higher risk of breast cancer. This risk is the highest with the consumption of one, two or more drinks per day. Do you occasionally have a drink during the weekend? Then you don’t have to worry too much, but keep drinking in moderation.
3. Stop smoking
Almost everyone knows it: smoking is not good for anything. In addition to lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, there is also a risk of breast cancer lurking around the corner when you often light a cigarette. Stop smoking those cigarettes and your body will thank you.
4. Pay attention to the extra kilos
Being overweight – for all women: especially after the menopause – can significantly increase the risk of breast cancer. The more fat you have on your body, the more estrogen is produced. This excess estrogen gives an increased risk of breast cancer. Therefore choose to exercise sufficiently, not to eat too large portions and to opt for healthy food.
5. Know your family history
It is important to take a close look at your family’s history. Is breast cancer common in your family? Then there is a chance that the risk of this disease for you is a lot higher than average. With this information in mind, you can choose to get checked more often and to focus on a healthy lifestyle.
Read further on the next page.