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10 Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

by The Stir Bloggers on October 27, 2008 at 6:30 AM

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?

Filed Under: breasts, healthy habits, illness

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  • LoveM...
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    LoveMyDog

    October 27, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Gee, you forgot breast feed!


  • booti...
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    bootiecall

    October 27, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    I seen this picture on LYNDELOU'S page, it is a beautiful flower that she has told many of us she holds dear to her heart because it is a flower that bloomed the day her Mama passed away of Cancer!!Thank you for sharing this. Looks like by what you posted there are some changes I need to make.Thank you. I am sure she is happy you using this picture!

    Deb

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  • LYNDELOU
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    LYNDELOU

    October 28, 2008 at 2:50 AM

    I am so very sorry for your loss...Thank you for sharing your story with us.....I myself am doing pretty much of all you have listed above ( But I am sure I could always do BETTER )! This flower to " ME " represents the death of my mother...Several bloomed the day she passed away to Cancer ( And that bush would NOT bloom until after she passed )....It now blooms often....Death of a loved one is always so hard....

    I am SAVING LIDS TO SAVE LIVES - Working as a team member with Va Beach Team # 111875 (Lb128f )

    LYNDELOU Oct. 27, 2008 at 12:24 PM (Delete)

    I just realized I put this message on your journal and it should of gone here, I am sure people may be wondering WHAT FLOWER...On your personal journal...


  • KymmBr
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    KymmBr

    June 12, 2009 at 1:12 PM

     

    Hundreds of thousands of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and over 30% of those cases will have been detected too late.   The five year survival rate is 98% when breast cancer is detected early.  Hope Breast Cancer Screening was established to give you the opportunity for early detection through an easily accessible, affordable, and painless ultrasound breast screening.

     

    Hope Breast Cancer Screening is my contribution in the fight against breast cancer.  Our early detection breast cancer screenings give us the opportunity to help women who may otherwise have waited until it was too late.  Please contact us to schedule your screening and to give hope a chance. 

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Kymm Brogan

    Hope Breast Cancer Screening/1877-237-8856

     


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