B4BC: 7 Steps to Stomp Out Breast Cancer
Perform monthly breast self-exams (BSE). Report any changes to your doctor and schedule annual exams
The single most important tool for surviving breast cancer is to catch it early. So get to know yourself. Nobody knows your body better than you do. A routine breast self-exam could help save your life one day!
2. Be Active
Studies show that being active 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week can significantly reduce your risk of breast cancer, not to mention do wonders for your overall health
3.Eat Your Greens
Grub on fruits and vegetables that contain high fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients that help fight disease. Go organic
4. Live Green
Ride your bike, use eco-friendly products, recycle.
A Healthy Earth = A Healthier You.
It’s a no brainer that free radicals are harmful to you and the environment. As more and more studies link that the likely increase of breast cancer is due to environmental factors, it’s important for us to do our part to “live green” and work towards a healthier environment for everyone to live in. Please check out our friends at treehugger.com to get the 101: on “How to Go Green.”
5. Don’t Smoke
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, not only reducing the health of smokers in general, but also causing and contributing to several types of cancers and respiratory and heart disease. It affects the health of others and can limit a woman’s options for treatment and breast reconstruction. If you do smoke, ask your doctor for help in quitting.
6.Limit Alcohol Intake
Regular and modest amounts of alcohol can raise your estrogen levels. Even one drink a day can expose breast tissue to higher hormone levels. Since some breast tumors are estrogen-sensitive, alcohol can increase the risk that the cells in that tissue will become cancerous. Limit your intake to lower your risk.
Balance! Everyone needs it to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So love yourself by maintaining a positive attitude and activating these steps into your life to help assure good overall health— physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
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