Get Your Health On!
Do you feel helpless in the fight against preventing cancer? Don’t! Instead, focus your energy on achieving overall health. Empower yourself by learning about the healthy habits you can start now to help reduce your risk of cancer.
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According to breast cancer surgeon and expert Beth DuPree, MD, FACS, studies have shown that exercise (three hours or more a week) can help to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Maintain a healthy weight
DuPree points out that maintaining a healthy weight (aim for a body mass index of less than 24) can help reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. "Obese women have a 60% higher chance of developing breast cancer," she said.
Get adequate levels of Vitamin D
Got Vitamin D? Though the role of Vitamin D in treating cancer is still being studied, the ACS Web site says that some studies suggest the risk of developing some types of cancer is lower for people who have higher levels of Vitamin D in their body. For a sun-safe Vitamin D fix, opt for natural food sources such as fatty fish and egg yolks.
Eat a healthy diet
According to the ACS, our diet is linked to some types of cancer. Seek out cancer-fighting foods and do your best to follow these simple food rules for a lower cancer risk:
Get a mammogram
"Mammograms won't prevent breast cancer, but they can prevent death from breast cancer by allowing early diagnosis and treatment," DuPree said. "Have a baseline mammogram at age 35 and annual mammograms after age 40."
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