Last week we talked about household chemicals and their link to breast cancer. Besides using more natural cleaning alternatives, here are 7 other things that you can do to prevent breast cancer.
- Physical activity is associated with lower risk.
- Get 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise (walking or swimming), or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise (running).
- Strength train twice a week.
2.Maintain a healthy weight.
- Being overweight increases risk, especially after menopause.
- Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of fibre, fresh fruits and cruciferous vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean protein, and whole grains.
- Restrict the intake of fatty foods, refined carbohydrates, and sugared beverages.
3.Limit alcohol intake.
- The more alcohol consumed, the greater the risk.
- Limit alcoholic beverages to one a day.
- The longer a woman breastfeeds, the greater the protective effect against breast cancer.
5.Talk to your doctor about discontinuing hormone therapy.
- Certain combinations of hormone therapy increases risk.
- Ask your health care practitioner about safer natural alternatives.
- Long-term smoking is associated with an increased risk.
- If you do smoke, find a local nonprofit support group, or check out lung.ca for tips on how to quit.
7.Avoid environmental pollutants.
- Whenever possible, limit exposure to vehicle exhaust and air pollution, which studies have linked to increased risk.