Three To-Dos for Better Breast Health

Published Monday, October 22, 2012 1:39 AM

Pink is everywhere in October as National Breast Cancer Month takes center stage, but breast health needs to be a year round focus.

Put your breast health front and center year round with these three to-dos:

Focus on Early Detection

Did you know that when breast cancer is detected early the survival rate is 98 percent? Make monthly breast self-exams a priority and schedule regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.

Now, you can create your own personalized early detection plan with an app from the National Breast Cancer Foundation  that sends you reminders to do breast self-exams and to schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms. If you need help finding a place for a screening, visit the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. 

Eat for Health

A healthy diet, rich in fruits, veggies and antioxidants is linked to lower breast cancer rates and cancers in general. Try to eat seven or more servings daily and include nutrient dense superstars like cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower; dark leafy greens  such as collards, kale, spinach; and carrots and tomatoes. Round out your diet with superstar fruits including citrus, berries and cherries.

Also, consider minimizing or avoiding alcohol which can increase breast cancer risk by as much as 20 to 25 percent.

For more ideas on healthy diets, read 9 Foods for Breast Cancer Prevention and Foods that Fight Breast Cancer. 

Exercise Often

 Regular exercise provides powerful protection against breast cancer. No need to become a gym rat:  As little as 30 minutes or more of moderate aerobic activity (brisk walking) five or more days a week is enough. The key is consistency and duration, not intensity, so lace up your sneakers and head out the door!

For more on aerobic activities and the link to health, read here for materials from cancer organization




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