Cancer sucks.You don't need me to tell you that. In fact, you don't have to tell anyone that. I spent the first few years of my profession working with cancer patients and it was the most rewarding experience of my life and the scariest.
Cancer does not discriminate.
This month represents NationalBreast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women, both young and old. In Alabama alone there are 26,150 new cases of cancer, 3,680 of that being breast cancer (Cancer.Org).
- Increased age; post menopause with MHT therapy
- Carrying extra weight around the mid section
- Physical Inactivity
- Alcohol Consumption
- Family history (though most with breast cancer do not have a family history)
Recommendations:1. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. BMI Chart. It is estimated that 14-20% of cancer-related mortality is related to overweight and obesity.
2. Get active and stay active. Refer back to my post "Crank up your metabolism" for the latest exercise recommendations.
3. Limit consumption of alcohol.
- Recommendations: 1 drink per night for women and 1-2 drinks per night for men.
- 1 drink= 1.5 oz liquor, 12 oz beer, 4 oz wine
4. Consume a healthy diet, rich in plant based foods (that's whole grains, fruits and veggies!).
5. Limit processed red meat.
6. Reduce intake of sugary beverages. Give up that soda and kool aid; it's doing nothing positive for ya!
Unfortunately, breast cancer is not 100% preventable. What else can you do? Know your body. If you notice any changes, such as lumps, consult your physician immediately. Ask you doctor when to begin routine mammogram checks and other prevention screens. If you have been diagnosed seek out a local support group. Staying emotional healthy is just as important and speaking with those who have been where you are helps reduce anxiety.
Remember, awareness is only part of it. Take the next step to Start You Plan Today! Visit Beyond the Shock, a comprehensive guide to understanding breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness
America Institute for cancer research
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