10 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

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Pink Flower for BCAM by LYNDELOU

Because so many of us, myself and lakemom2007 included, have lost loved ones to breast cancer, I went looking for tips we can all use to prevent this devastating disease.

After all, October, AKA Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is about to end. But we want to be mindful of our health all year long.

Here is a recap of an excellent article on About.com where Ann Kulze, M.D., gives clinically-proven tips for breast cancer prevention:

  1. Keep your BMI less than 25 throughout your lifetime. Gaining weight as you age significantly increases your risk.
  2. Avoid alcohol. The Harvard Nurses' Health study showed that consuming more than one alcoholic beverage a day increased breast cancer risk by as much as 25 percent.
  3. Eat your fruits and veggies. Incorporate seven servings per day if you can. Berries, broccoli, cauliflower and spinach are tops.
  4. Exercise. Consistency is key. Get busy 150 minutes every single week, minimum.
  5. Lower your fat intake. Avoid saturated and trans fats. Opt for omega-3s found in salmon, tuna, mackerel and for monounsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts, olive and canola oils.
  6. Stop eating white flour. I know it's yummy, but whole grains are much better for you.
  7. Buy whole food soy products. Make sure you eat organic, non-GMO soy regularly.
  8. Avoid estrogens. Try to not take them in pills, be sure to ask your doctor. Try not to get extra hormones from non-organic milk, dairy and meat.
  9. Take vitamins. Take a multi, vitamin C, fish oil and selenium.
  10. Be happy. A positive mental outlook has been shown to help.

Easy tips, right? At least I can try to get moving on some of them. How many of the above tips do you already live by?

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