Whether it’s a school teacher or family member that is a survivor or currently undergoing treatment, breast cancer is something that hits close to home for many of us. Breastcancer.org reports that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. This eye-opening data serves as a call to action to take precautionary measures. While cancer is not completely preventable, women can make certain lifestyle changes to lower their risk of breast cancer. Keep reading for four wellness and health tips that can assist you with prevention.
1. Break a sweat regularly.
Getting active for just one hour a day can reduce one’s risk of breast cancer by 12%. We encourage you to take control of your health by exploring new ways to get physically fit. Try these cardio workouts perfect for Fall or join one of our PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT collegiate and graduate chapters to participate in sweat sessions with your fellow sweat sisters.
2. Eat a well-balanced diet.
A healthy diet is the key to a healthy life. Researchers have found that women who eat red meat regularly may have a higher risk of breast cancer as they get older. It is highly recommended to consume a daily diet that consists of fruits and vegetables as well as fish and poultry. The more color on your plate the better!
3. Make wise health choices.
Drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking have been known to increase one’s susceptibility to the life-threatening illness. For those of the legal drinking age, drink in moderation and avoid smoking cigarettes as it has gruesome effects on one’s body.
4. Maintain a healthy weight.
Research that consisted of over 7,000 studies concluded that keeping a consistent weight throughout life is key to breast cancer prevention. Being overweight or obese can greatly increase the chances of breast cancer occurring.