What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk of Breast Cancer?
Lifestyle changes have been shown in studies to decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women. The following are steps that I suggest my patients take to help reduce the risks of contracting this awful disease:
1. Control Your Weight:
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. This is especially true for women 40 and older whose fluctuating hormones are causing uncontrollable weight gain. The first thing I do with my patients is to focus on rebalancing crucial metabolic hormones that aid in the permanent loss of stubborn fat caused by menopause and perimenopause.
By optimizing your nutrition you effectively transform the way you look and feel and minimize certain breast cancer risk factors. I believe that it is important for you to understand the science behind my program and how hormones work for you— or at times, against you.
2. Limit Alcohol
The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. My research-based recommendation regarding the link of alcohol and breast cancer is to limit yourself to less than one drink a day— as even small amounts of alcohol increase your risk.
3. Be Physically Active
Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which in turn helps prevents breast cancer. For many of my patients, I recommend either 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly. In addition, I recommend at least two strength training sessions per week.
4. Don’t Smoke
Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in pre-menopausal women. In addition, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
5. Avoid Exposure to Radiation & Environmental Pollution
Medical-imaging methods like computerized tomography and mammography use very high doses of radiation. Research shows a strong link between breast cancer and radiation exposure. To reduce risk, I prefer to schedule my patients for thermography.
Thermography is a radiation-free, state-of-the-art screening procedure that uses heat detection to locate temperature differences in the body. Cancer of the breast can be detected by looking for areas of increasing or excessive heat that may indicate areas of angiogenesis—otherwise known as the increase of blood vessels supplied by a growing tumor. Thermography has a success rate of over 90 percent, and was cleared by the FDA in 1982 as an adjunctive procedure for screening for breast cancer.
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