Bronze Magazine will always remain true to its purpose− to empower, inspire, and motivate women to be their best. So, in continuation of honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month, we’re going to take it a step further: explaining how to lower the risk of breast cancer. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), many factors that can influence the risk of breast cancer can be avoided by living a healthy lifestyle. So ladies, if we support the fight against breast cancer, we should definitely support the lifestyle that decreases the risk! Keep in mind that cancer itself is damaged and irregular growth of cells in our body. With that being said, here are some tips from the CDCP and the researchers of Cancer.org on ways you can help prevent cell damage, thus lowering your risk:
1.) DIET & EXERCISE
Yes, we hear this all the time, but start taking your body care seriously. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, along with frequent, physical activity, helps regulate the metabolism and proper function of body organs and cells. Also, try your best to limit the amount of fast foods/ processed foods you intake. Many of the chemicals within these foods contain carcinogenic (direct cancer-causing) properties.
2.) LIMIT/ GIVE UP CIGARETTES & ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Although the law forces cigarette companies to list the horrible side effects of smoking on their boxes, many people still do not take the warning labels seriously. Cigarettes are known carcinogens, meaning there has been a proven linkage between them and cancer. Alcohol is also one to consider stepping away from. Along with impairing our mental and physical capacity, alcohol affects the estrogen levels within the body (one main reason why expecting-mothers are told not to consume it). This is evident damage of body cells. Ladies, it might be hard, convince yourself that it is best to quit smoking and decrease your consumption of alcohol.
3.) CAUTION OF OVER-EXPOSURE AND MEDICATIONS
Be careful of the amount of radiation you’re exposed to (x-rays, CAT scans, microwaves, etc), for radiation is known to alter or damage body cells. Also, always research and learn the risks of any medication you’re prescribed, specifically oral contraceptives such as birth control pills. These medications/ pills have the ability to not only change your estrogen levels, but also your bodily functions and, like carcinogens, cause cell damage.
Awareness is all about learning the “what” and “how” of it all, thus spreading the word and informing another individual. We will win this battle against breast cancer one day, and until then, let’s encourage all women to know all there is to know!
by Ashley R. Cottrell