Prevention is the first step!
While there are some risk factors we can’t control such as age, gender and family history, there are a handful of factors we can modify. Keep this list handy and start to check-off those you have tackled and those you plan to tackle!
• Build physical activity into your daily routine. All you need is moderate activity– like brisk walking for 30 minutes. Clip on your pedometer and use your Diet.com tracker to see your steps accumulate!
• Strive to eat at least 5 servings per day of fruits and veggies.
• Eat more whole grains. Make 1/2 your grain choices whole grains.
• Eat fewer high fat foods and sweets. Red meat, whole–fat dairy products and fried foods are leading sources of fat. Avoid them as well as processed sweets.
• Get plenty of calcium. Your body needs at least 1,200mg per day.
• Drink less alcohol! Many studies have shown that increased alcohol consumption is linked to the development of breast cancer. Moderation is considered 1 drink per day for women and 2 for men.
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• Do not smoke! Smoking has been linked to many types of cancer. If you are thinking of quitting (kudos!), find support through family and friend or local support groups to increase your chance of success. The Diet.com community is also here to support you and cheer you on!
Breast Health Care
• Have mammograms and clinical breast exams done by a health care provider as recommended.
• Perform self breast exams each month (visit www.komen.org/bse for step by step breast exam instructions).