Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. The exact cause still remains unclear but there are some risk factors that unfortunately cannot be prevented such as age, genetics or breast lumps history.
There are other external factors that can cause breast cancer but on the other hand, some of these can be avoided in order to reduce the chance of developing the disease. Some of these include drinking alcohol, smoking, radiation exposure or too much contact with certain chemicals found in foods, cosmetics, lawn and garden products, and plastics among others.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensuring regular checkups with a health professional are the most important activities for any woman to significantly reduce the risk of breast and other types of cancer.
Eating a healthy diet based on the consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, eating more fish instead of red meat, might decrease your risk of some types of cancer and also will help maintain a healthy weight. It has been demonstrated that overweight women have a higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause.
Women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat in order to have a successful outcome.
When was the last time you visited your Obgyn? Make an appointment today and remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.