October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As you are showing support to the ones you love who have suffered from the disease by wearing pink and walking in charity events, you should also keep your own breast health in mind.
Breast cancer can develop in women of all ages – and it happens to many us. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer at one point during her lifetime. While you support your fellows ladies (and YOUR girls) during the month of October, take the time to check out what you need to do to keep your tatas healthy.
Maintain a healthy weight
Not only does keeping up a healthy lifestyle help you feel good, but it also can keep a number of conditions and diseases at bay – cancer being one of them. If you are not healthy, you have a higher risk of developing the disease and a lower chance of surviving it.
Exercise does the body good, so try to work in an exercise regimen to your daily life. This boosts your immune system while lowering levels of estrogen and insulin, which can increase the risk of cancer when too high.
Stay off the booze for the most part
Even though consuming alcohol every once in a while is perfectly fine (we ALL have those days when a glass of wine is a must!), you should try to keep a lid on it for the most part. Research shows that consuming two or more drinks each day can significantly boost your breast cancer risk.
Veggies are your friends
Eating a good, nutritious diet can go a long way in lowering your cancer risk. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale can really go the extra mile. These greens contain sulforaphane, which has been found to prevent cancer cells from multiplying. Want to get the most out of these veggies? Eat them raw!
Schedule those mammograms
Once you turn 40, it’s time to schedule those mammograms. Experts recommend women schedule annual mammograms from age 40 on. The best way to fight breast cancer is to detect it early, so make sure to make this appointment. If you have an extensive family history of the disease, your doctor may recommend you start even earlier.