There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, but there are things you can do that might lower your risk. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women with 252,710 new cases to be diagnosed in 2017 according to statistics from Breast Cancer Stats 2017.

Overall, breast cancer death rates have dropped 39% between 1989 and 2015 all due to early screening methods and improvement in treatment. The risk changes from person to person, so keep in mind that your risk might differ from those closest to you.

Ethnic Background

A recent study in 2015 suggests that women with black heritage are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer in contrast to other women. This disparity is due to social and structural factors such as difference in stage at diagnosis, tumor characteristics and other health issues.

Family History

According to the American Cancer Society 5-10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary due to BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. This risk is also affected by how many other family members have had breast cancer. They are as well more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age. Early screening tests such as mammograms are recommended.

Weight

Being overweight or obese can increase your risk by up to 30 to 60%. Abdominal fat alone, can raise that risk up to 43%. The more fat cells you have, the more estrogen will be produced which can lead to tumor growth. Loads of insulin, and glucose speed-up the cancer cell growth once the process has started.

Exercise Habits

Exercise not only helps you stay in shape but as well is considered an immune system booster. It helps maintain your weight and lower your glucose and insulin levels which helps prevent the building up of estrogen in your body.

Diet

Include red-orange produce such as carrots, cantaloupe and tomatoes in your diet. They are rich in carotenoids, and are natural antioxidants. Broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts suppress cancer-cell growth and helps balance your estrogen levels as well. Fiber-rich foods such as beans and lentils help eliminate estrogen out of your body, so don't forget to include them in your diet. Include Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, tuna, salmon and herring.

If you´re a meat lover, try to lower your count to less than 18 ounces per week. Alcohol consumption should be lowered to no more than one drink per day. Every drink you have increases your risk by up to 11%. Last, but not least, sugar should be avoided at all costs. Recent studies suggest more than 6 teaspoons per day increase your insulin and glucose levels which speeds-up tumor growth.

 

References:

  • https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/risk-factors-for-breast-cancer
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