October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Prevention can be very important
It’s likely your life has been impacted by breast cancer. Whether it be someone in your family, a neighbour, or an old friend, it is expected that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers), and remains second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women.
What’s interesting to note is that breast cancer incidence rates for women in Canada actually decreased in the early 2000s. This decrease coincided largely with a drop in the use of Hormone replacement therapy among postmenopausal women, as well as an increase in education surrounding the importance of screening.
Prevention can be very important when dealing with breast cancer, so here are some ways to reduce your risk.
Enjoy a Active Lifestyle: Reduce your risk of cancer by living a healthy, active lifestyle. It is important to maintain a regular schedule of physical activity, and experts recommend aiming for 30 minutes of activity each and every day — whether that’s walking, going to the gym, or doing yoga, your physical strength impacts your overall health.
Do you work in an office environment? Take frequent and short breaks throughout the day to avoid sitting for too long, and be sure to stretch and take regular walks if possible.
Enjoy a Healthy Lifestyle: Are you consuming enough of the right food? Avoid focusing on calorie counting, and take a few moments to look at what you consume on a daily basis. Are you eating enough protein? How about fruits and vegetables?
Enjoy a Smoke Free Lifestyle: According to the Canadian Cancer Association, “The single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer is to live smoke-free.”
These days, there are many different ways to help kick your habit, including vaporizers, nicotine patches, hypnosis therapy, and more! Make the right choice for your health.
Enjoy an Alcohol-Light Lifestyle: Do you consume alcohol frequently and heavily? It is suggested that any alcohol intake can increase your risk of developing cancer. Enjoy an Alcohol-light lifestyle when possible. Splurge on that great bottle once and awhile instead of keeping an every evening habit.
It isn’t always easy to make large lifestyle changes. We recommend working on one piece at a time, whether by enjoying a regular evening walk after work, reducing your red meat intake, or trying to limit your alcohol consumption. If you’re a smoker, perhaps begin researching what you can do to quit.
Remember, changing your lifestyle takes time, but your body will thank you in the end!