The fact that, this morning, Christina Applegate sat down with Good Morning America to talk Breast Cancer Awareness Month is really no big surprise. The actress's battle with the disease -- which she was diagnosed with in 2008 at only 36 years old -- is pretty well-known, and ever since, she's been a vocal advocate for breast cancer education and early detection, particularly for high risk women. But the new info she spilled on what she wants women to know about breast cancer prevention was somewhat unconventional -- a bit revolutionary, in fact!
For example, she discussed how although we spend all of October encouraging women to get screened, the message often fails to strike the right tone and may even backfire ...
When you sit there and tell women to get screened, I almost feel like I’m being a fearmonger, and I don’t want to be a fearmonger. I think that being proactive with your health and with your body is the key to staying alive for you, for your family.
Sounds to me like the celeb cancer survivor is familiar the sort of science being discussed by doctors like Lissa Rankin, M.D., author of Mind Over Medicine, which says negative stress responses set off a chain reaction in our bodies that promote disease. In other words, instead of living in fear, we need to just do the best job we can to lead a healthy lifestyle -- which includes getting screened regularly, but also managing stress in our lives and eating right, etc.
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Christina -- who started her own charity, Right Action for Women, to encourage proactive, early screening and provide aid to individuals who are at a higher risk for the disease but can't cover screening costs -- elaborated:
There is a way with diet and exercise, meditation and all the things we all try to do and don’t. I wasn’t doing my best that I could up until the time I had cancer. Life can get really hard out there and we all have a tendency to break down or hold it in, especially women. It’s finding ways to outlet your stress and eat right. Eat a lot of leafy greens. There’s a lot of things you can do you take care of yourself.
SO TRUE. Love love love that she's talking about this! Unfortunately, our lifestyles and stress levels are something we rarely discuss in relation to disease prevention, but it's likely one of the biggest risk factors. And it NEEDS to be a part of the discussion -- just as much as family history and early, frequent screening.
What do you think about Christina's uncommon prevention advice?
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