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10 Ways To Prevent Breast Cancer Naturally & Lower Your Risk Of Getting It

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It is natural for all women to be worried when reading or hearing about heartbreaking reports of breast cancer.

Almost everyone knows someone touched by the disease.

But there is a lot of good news about breast cancer these days. Treatments keep getting better, and we know more than ever about ways to prevent the disease. These 10 simple steps can help lower the risk of breast cancer. Not every one applies to every woman, but together they can have a big impact.

1. Keep Weight in Check
It’s easy to tune out because it gets said so often, but maintaining a healthy weight is an important goal for everyone. Being overweight can increase the risk of many different cancers, including breast cancer, especially after menopause.

2. Be Physically Active
Exercise is as close to a silver bullet for good health as there is, and women who are physically active for at least 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. Regular exercise is also one of the best ways to help keep weight in check.

3. Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables – and Avoid Too Much Alcohol
A healthy diet can help lower the risk of breast cancer. Try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and keep alcohol at moderate levels or lower (a drink a day or under). While moderate drinking can be good for the heart in older adults, even low levels of intake can increase the risk of breast cancer. If you don’t drink, don’t feel you need to start. If you drink moderately, there’s likely no reason to stop. But, if you drink more, you should cut down or quit.

4. Don’t Smoke
Smokers and non-smokers alike know how unhealthy smoking is. On top of lowering quality of life and increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and at least 15 cancers – including breast cancer – it also causes smelly breath, bad teeth, and wrinkles. Now that’s motivation to stay smoke-free or work to get smoke-free.

5. Breastfeed, If Possible
Breastfeeding for a total of one year or more (combined for all children) lowers the risk of breast cancer. It also has great health benefits for the child.

6. Avoid Birth Control Pills, Particularly After Age 35 or If You Smoke
Birth control pills have both risks and benefits. The younger a woman is, the lower the risks are. While women are taking birth control pills, they have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer. This risk goes away quickly, though, after stopping the pill. The risk of stroke and heart attack is also increased while on the pill – particularly if a woman smokes. However, long-term use can also have important benefits, like lowering the risk of ovarian cancer, colon cancer and uterine cancer – not to mention unwanted pregnancy – so there’s also a lot in its favor. If you’re very concerned about breast cancer, avoiding birth control pills is one option to lower your risk.

7. Avoid Post-Menopausal Hormones
Post-menopausal hormones shouldn’t be taken long term to prevent chronic diseases, like osteoporosis and heart disease. Studies show they have a mixed effect on health, increasing the risk of some diseases and lowering the risk of others, and both estrogenonly hormones and estrogen-plus-progestin hormones increase the risk of breast cancer. If women do take post-menopausal hormones, it should be for the shortest time possible. The best person to talk to about the risks and benefits of post-menopausal hormones is your doctor.

8. Tamoxifen and Raloxifene for Women at High Risk
Although not commonly thought of as a “healthy behavior,” taking the prescription drugs tamoxifen and raloxifene can significantly lower the risk of breast cancer in woman at high risk of the disease. Approved by the FDA for breast cancer prevention, these powerful drugs can have side effects, so they aren’t right for everyone. If you think you’re at high risk, talk to your doctor to see if tamoxifen or raloxifene may be right for you.

9. Find Out Your Family History
Women with a strong family history of cancer can take special steps to protect themselves, so it’s important for women to know their family history. You may be at high risk of breast cancer if you have a mother or sister who developed breast or ovarian cancer (especially at an early age) or if you have multiple
family members (including males) who developed breast, ovarian or prostate cancer. A doctor or genetic counselor can help you understand your family history of the disease.

10. Don’t Forget Screening
Despite some controversy, studies show that breast cancer screening with mammography saves lives. It doesn’t help prevent cancer, but it can help find cancer early when it’s most treatable. For most women, regular mammograms can begin at age 40, but specific recommendations vary by age and risk.

If you are age 40 – 44:
You can choose to begin yearly mammograms. It is important to talk to a doctor about the risk and benefits of mammograms at these ages.

If you are age 45 – 54:
Mammograms are recommended every year.

If you are age 55 or over:
Mammograms are recommended every other year. You can choose to continue to have them every year.

Clinical breast exams and self-exams are not recommended. But you should be familiar with your breasts and tell a health care provider right away if you notice any changes in how your breasts look or feel.

Other Important Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
Unfortunately, there are also a number of important breast cancer risk factors that women have no control over. Knowing which ones apply to you can help you understand your risk and do what you can to lower it. If you feel you’re at high risk, talk to a doctor or other health professional.

These can increase a woman’s breast cancer risk:

  • Older age, especially 60 years or over
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • First menstrual period (menarche) before age 12
  • Menopause at age 55 or over
  • First childbirth after age 35
  • No children
  • Tall height (5’8” or taller)
  • Dense breasts
  • History of benign breast disease (like atypical hyperplasia

[Source:  Siteman Cancer Center]

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  1. Joyful Amaka

    May 17, 2018 at 3:34 AM

    Thanks poster, this information is loaded wif good stuffs

    LEt me add this:
    All women with multiple sex partner stands d risk of ovarian and cervical cancer. Pls be warned

  2. fifelomo

    May 17, 2018 at 5:41 AM

    Thank for this info.

  3. Jilo

    May 17, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    We all have an element of Cancer in our body but this Cancer Cells may not be manifested or may be on remission if we don’t do anything that may trigger its emergence.

    It very unfortunate that whenever people are diagnosed with this disease, if appears they already got their death sentencing because there is no known cure. I’m not saying this to make the affected people feel bad but rather I’m trying to assist them to win final battle against this dreadful disease. May God heal everybody who may have diagnosed with this disease.

    Early diagnosis plays a big role in combating this disease. If you are a Female, try to visit your Doctor if you have any uncomfortable feeling around your Breast region, quickly make an appointment with your Doctor for proper diagnosis. If you are a Male consult your Doctor if you feel lumping around your groined area.

    It very important once anyone idiagnosed with this disease change his/her diet first. The first step is to eliminate Sugar in your diet. Avoid Sugar completely because Sugar feeds the Cancer Cell to multiply it. If you can do this, you have inhibit the growth of Cancer Cell in your body to 50%.

    Second of all, try to change your diet to Plant food only because you cannot be eating as you have been eating prior to diagnosis. Some plants and vegetables such as Corriander (Efo Igbo) in Yoruba dialects, lettuce, Kale (Efo Soko) water leaf (Gbure) Spinach, Romain, Chard, Carrot, Apple, Tumeric (Ata-Ile) Garlic (Alubosa Iyere) Cloves all play a vital roles in combating Cancer. Also try to Juice a lot. Try to buy a Juicer to Juice your vegetables and fruits. It is better if you drink them fresh rather than cooking it as vegetables. Try to juice some of these fruits and drink it as a breakfast. The juice from these fruits kills Cancer. If you do this consistently, you will be Cancer free. Medical Study reveals that drinking Carrot Juice alone kill Cancer cell up to 40%. Also our PawPaw is a fruit rich in antioxidants I.e against Cancer. All Berries fruits, Elderberry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Cranberry, Blackberry are essential antioxidants. There are other fruits which I don’t remember now but I will update you folks on that.

    Do not ignore the importance of the above fruits and Vegetables because I learned this from a Medical Doctor whom herself refused chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Cancer and changed her diet by eating only fruits and vegetables. She is Cancer free today. I have nothing to loose if I share this with my people. If anyone can do this at the early stage of diagnosis, the next test will reveal cancer free.

    Another thing that I remember which I’m still doing as preventive measures is by blending Garlics, Tumeric, Ginger, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey. These are natural Antibiotics and Antiviral. It eliminates bad bacteria and deadly virus naturally from the body. Now can we all agree that what we ingest into our system plays a significant role in eliminating illnesses from our body including Cancer.

    Again, take note of the followings,

    Eliminate Sugar from your diet completely.

    Eliminate Red Meat (Beef) from your diet.

    Adhere to plant base food. Fruits and Vegetables.

    Try it. In the end you will know that God is good.

  4. EnComs

    May 19, 2018 at 2:18 AM

    This information comes from the criminal corporate medical business. No wonder they don’t tell you NOT to have x-rays, that includes mammograms which they recommend here, because they are a known MAJOR cause of breast cancer (read the books “Preventing Breast Cancer: The Story Of A Major, Proven, Preventable Cause Of This Disease” by John Gofman and “The Mammogram Myth” by Rolf Hefti – see author’s synopsis at TheMammogramMyth dot com). Conventional medicine has been disregarding, denying, downplaying, and obfuscating that scientific fact for many decades.

    Allopathic medicine is the biggest cause of breast cancer with the birth control pill, hormonal replacement therapy, and x-rays such as mammograms having killed and maimed many millions of people needlessly!!!! It’s always the ignorant public who pays a steep price never the criminal doctors and their corrupt business system.

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