Small changes in lifestyle can help prevent breast cancer, know what you should do.
Breast cancer is what causes more deaths among women in Brazil. This is because many of the cases are discovered late when the tumor is already advanced. Early diagnosis is the great weapon women have in their hands and the sooner breast cancer is discovered, the greater the chances of success in treatment.
Risk factors for the disease may be family history and age over 50 when menopause usually occurs. Other factors such as high-fat diet, overweight, sedentary lifestyle, alcohol and cigarette are also great villains.
What many women do not know is that in addition to regular doctor visits and screenings, small lifestyle changes can help prevent breast cancer.
Among the changes in the routine, one of the most important is to move. Exercising is extremely important If you feel you do not have the breath to face the gym, take a walk. At least thirty minutes, five days a week is enough.
Avoid weight gain, especially if you have been through menopause. Try to maintain a BMI of less than 25 and have a balanced diet. To help with this control, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, set aside carbohydrates, fatty foods, and lots of sugar. Eat protein, found in lean meats like chicken breast or fish, eat more whole grains, prefer vegetable oils.
The cigarette addiction and frequent alcohol consumption increase the risk of breast cancer. Moderate your intake of drinks and, if necessary, get help to quit smoking.
Another way to prevent breast cancer is to breastfeed for at least six months. Experts say that moms who follow this guideline can reduce the risk of developing the disease.
Hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of breast cancer. Those who need to take hormones that contain progesterone to control menopausal symptoms should limit use for up to three years.
As a general guideline to prevent breast cancer every woman after age 20, even if she has healthy habits, she should undergo mammography and monthly self-examination.