Breast Cancer Facts and Insights

 

According to data provided on the breastcancer.org website about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.

So what do you need to know to prevent the occurrence of breast cancer? There are some links to lifestyle including nutrition and exercise.

Consumption of plant based foods can lower estrogen levels. Animal foods can elevate estrogen levels. Breast cancer risk is lower when you maintain a normal body weight, limit alcohol consumption and eat mostly plant foods. No amount of alcohol is considered safe when if comes to breast cancer. 

The risk of breast cancer increases when you consume well done meat. The amount of cholesterol consumed may also play a role in the development and progression of breast cancer. Another risk factor may be not consuming enough fiber. The goal should be to get at least twenty five grams of fiber a day. Other suggested foods include broccoli, flaxseeds, green tea and mushrooms. 

Exercise can help protect against breast cancer. To be effective you need high intensity aerobic activity at least 5 or more times a week for approximately 30 minutes or more. Less vigorous exercise would need to be performed for at least an hour a day.

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with breast cancer here are some recommendations to consider. Have a positive attitude; adhere to a normal schedule, including work, as much as possible; maintain an exercise regimen; eat healthy foods; develop a support system of family and friends; get the facts about the type of cancer you have; and embrace the struggle.

Until something life changing happens to you, you have no idea how it will affect you or how it will change you. Try not to feel sorry for yourself or ask why me. Stuff happens to people every day.

The reason I feel comfortable sharing these things is because I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in June of 2016, had surgery in July, received chemo from August through December, and radiation after that. I did all of the things mentioned above and they really helped me get through everything smoothly.

In April of 2017 I attended a lecture given by Dr. Thomas Campbell, co-author of The China Study, regarding diet and breast cancer. The information provided inspired me to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet. I’m doing everything I can to make sure I don’t get cancer again.

Now my mission is to teach others, who are on a breast cancer journey, take a proactive approach to health and wellness. 

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