Tips for Breast Health and Breast Cancer Prevention

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

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. 1.Exercise.
  • 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.
4.Breastfeed longer.
  • 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.
6.Don’t smoke.
  • 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.