It's another beautiful Monday in October, and as you know we're still on the #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth matter! For the sake of those just joining in, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we're dedicating all of this month's posts to support the cause. Last week we talked about 13 factors that can INCREASE your risk of getting Breast Cancer. (If you haven't read that post please click below and read so you can be in sync) 

Today we're talking about how to reduce some of these risk factors so as to lessen your chances of getting breast cancer.

If you’re concerned about breast cancer especially after reading the long list of possible risk factors,you might be wondering if there are any steps you can take toward breast cancer prevention or reducing your chances. Some of the risk factors, such as family history and genetic predisposition can't be changed, but there are lifestyle changes you can make to markedly lower your risk.

  1. Limit your alcohol intake. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer.
  1. Quit smoking. Research suggests there's a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in women who have not yet hit menopause. And well, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.

  1. Keep an eye on your weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. Especially if the obesity occurs later in life, most particularly after one hits menopause.

4.  Stay physically active. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent breast cancer.

5. Breast-feed Your Babies. Breast-feeding plays a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer women breast-feed, and the more children they have breastfed, the greater the protection.

 6. Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy. Taking Combination hormone therapy for more than three to five years increases your risk of breast cancer. 

7. Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. Medical-imaging methods, like CT Scans etc, use high doses of radiation. Research suggests a link between breast cancer and radiation exposure. Reduce your exposure by having such tests only when absolutely necessary.

Please take note and act accordingly, because lifestyle changes and diet changes have been shown in studies to drastically decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women.

‼️Most importantly, please let us pass on this information to our mothers, aunties and grandmothers ESPECIALLY, who may not see all the #BreastCancerAwareness campaigns on the internet, but are at a relatively greater risk.

Next week, in our final post for the month of #BreastCancerAwareness we will look at the dietary aspect of reducing your risk of breast cancer. See you then!


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