breast cancer

10 Ways to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

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Whether you have a family history of breast cancer or not, there are some things you can do that may reduce your chances of getting the disease. From lifestyle choices to eating certain foods, here are ten things that may make a difference.

Exercise regularly
Regular exercise may cut the risk of breast cancer by as much as 25 percent.

Maintain a healthy weight
Research suggests that women who maintain a BMI (body mass index) of less than 25 have a lower risk of breast cancer than women who are overweight.

Avoid red meat
A study of 90,000 women found that those who consumed a lot of red meat doubled their breast cancer risk compared to women who rarely ate red meat.

Limit alcohol consumption
Several studies have found a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. Some experts recommend women keep alcohol consumption to 7 drinks per week or fewer while others say women should avoid alcohol altogether.

Eat more garlic
Animal studies have shown that garlic may prevent breast cancer and slow its growth. Research has also shown that cooking garlic with red meat reduces carcinogenic chemicals in cooked meat.

Supplement with CoQ10
Several studies suggest that supplementation with CoQ10 may prevent breast cancer and slow its progress. CoQ10 is also an overall immune system booster and may prevent other types of cancer as well.

Consume plenty of cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, and cabbage may reduce levels of two kinds of estrogen that may cause breast cancer.

Add turmeric to your diet
In animals studies, turmeric prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs and may prevent its occurrence as well.

Eat more eggs
In one study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%.

Get plenty of vitamin D
Studies show that women who live in places with less sunlight have higher rates of breast cancer. Other research has found lower levels of vitamin D in women with breast cancer compared to women without the disease. Several studies point to vitamin D as an important factor in the prevention and survival rate of many types of cancer.

There's no guarantee that anything will prevent breast cancer but doing some or all of the above just might tilt the odds in your favor and they're all good things to do for your body whether you're concerned about breast cancer or not.

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Posted by Tracy on October 16, 2007 5:56 PM | DIGG | del.icio.us | furl