Pink October / General Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer
October is known worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to increase attention and support for awareness, early detection, treatment, and care for this disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer of women worldwide, both in developed and developing countries. Increased life expectancy, urbanization and unhealthy lifestyles are thought to be among the factors that have influenced the increase in the number of those affected by this disease.
- Limit or avoid alcohol altogether. Consume only one drink a day or even better, completely avoid alcohol.
- Do not smoke. Smoking affects your overall health and increases your chances of breast cancer.
- Keep your weight under control. Overweight or obese women have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Do exercises regularly. A 30-minute walk every day or a moderate workout session would work; be sure to add exercise to your routine.
- Breastfeed your newborn. Breastfeeding gives you a protective effect against breast cancer. The longer you breastfeed, the safer you can be from breast cancer.
- Limit or avoid eating processed meat. Consume an organic diet.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and look for a balanced diet every day.
- Limitation of hormone therapy. Taking hormone therapy for over three to five years increases the risk of breast cancer. In case you are on short-term hormone therapy, ask your doctor to give low doses that work for you.
- Take a postpartum test every month to rule out any doubts.
- Waking up early in the morning. Various studies have found that those women who wake up early are less likely to be affected by this disease compared to women who stay awake at night. This benefit is believed to be due to exposure to light in the early hours of the morning, which helps in getting the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep. Some studies have shown that melatonin has the power to protect against cancer, especially againstbreast cancer.
- Food consumption within eight hours. It is also called daily fasting, or "fasting" in terms of nutrition. Limiting your eating schedule can lower insulin levels, the excessive amount of which has previously been shown to be linked to cancer. As a result of a study conducted with several mice, it was found that eating food within a certain period of time delayed the development of tumors.
- High amount of vitamin D. According to a study by an American team at the University of California at San Diego, this substance plays an important preventative role. In fact, women with a vitamin D concentration greater than or equal to 60 nanograms per millimeter of blood had a less than 1/5 risk of getting sick, compared to those with lower vitamin levels. The higher the level of this vitamin, the greater the protection against breast cancer.