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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—Here’s How You Can Lower Your Risk

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner

Hi, Fellow Community Members!

Last week, Home Helpers shared with you some important facts about breast cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime (for instance, “Seinfeld” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus recently announced that she has it). Plus, it’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. However, fewer women are dying of breast cancer thanks to better treatments.

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This week, we share with you some tips to help lower your risk for breast cancer.

  1. Don’t light up. You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Smoking can raise your risk for breast cancer as well as many other health conditions. Find support for quitting if you continue to smoke.
  1. Keep track of your family’s history of cancer. Some of the risk for breast cancer is genetic, so you’ll want to let doctors know what kind of cancer, if any, those in your immediate family have had. This includes cancers your male relatives may have or have had previously.
  1. Exercise. Staying physically active has many health benefits, from staying in shape to boosting your mood. Yet another advantage of regular exercise is that it appears to cut your risk for cancer. The current recommendation is 150 minutes a week, which breaks down to 30 minutes, 5 times a day. If you can’t squeeze in a full 30 minutes, you can break it out into spurts throughout the day--maybe a brisk 10-minute walk after each meal?
  1. Watch your weight. If you’re overweight, you have a higher risk of developing breast cancer—that’s especially true if you gain weight after menopause, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you’re having trouble losing weight, tap into help from a registered dietitian.
  1. Get regular breast cancer screenings. There’s some controversy over regular screenings for breast cancer—some people believe they find too many false positives, or cases where cancer is not actually present. However, the current screening guidelines from the U.S Preventive Services Task Force recommend a mammogram every two years for women 50 to 74 who are at an average risk for breast cancer. They also recommend that women 40 to 49 talk to their doctor or health care professional about how often to get a mammogram. If you have a family history of breast cancer, let your health care provider know. You may need to start screening earlier.
  1. Eat well. Although healthy eating only plays a small role in breast cancer prevention, it’s enough to try and commit to better food choices. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains appear to offer the most benefits in cutting breast cancer risk, according to WebMD.
  1. Limit alcohol. The more you drink, the more your risk for breast cancer increases, unfortunately. Most health-focused advice currently recommends no more than one drink a day for women.

Yours truly,

Jonathan Marsh

Thanks for reading our blog.  At Home Helpers of Bradenton, we look to not only make life easier but to also make a difference in our clients’ lives.  It is truly an honor to have an opportunity to work with members of our community and we take the trust bestowed to us very seriously.

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