Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017: 5 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Boost Prevention

This month at, we celebrate women. October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to increase knowledge of how we can help beat one of the most common cancers in women.

As more and more research focuses on what we can do to reduce our risk of the disease, here are five everyday lifestyle changes that women can make to their lifestyles.

Currently, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer among women, replacing cervical cancer. Here’s what you can do to cut your risks:

Shun Sedentary Lifestyle And Get Moving And Exercise More

A US study which looked at 1.4 million participants found that a higher level of physical activity could lower the risk of 13 different types of cancers.

Moving is seen to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 10%.

A Canadian research team also found that doubling the amount of weekly physical activity from 150 to 300 minutes could lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women by significantly reducing body fat, especially in obese women.

Eat More Fruit And Vegetables

A large-scale US study found that high consumption of fruit during adolescence - 2.9 servings per day - was associated with around a 25% lower risk of breast cancer in adolescent middle age compared to a low consumption of fruit - 0.5 servings per day.

In addition, the results also suggested that the combination of two servings per week of apples, bananas and grapes as well as two servings per week of oranges and kale during adolescence was significantly associated with a reduced breast cancer risk as teen girls grow into adulthood.

Cut Down On Saturated Or Bad Fat

 A recent research conducted and published last year found that consuming large amounts of saturated “bad” fat or low amounts of mono- and polyunsaturated “good” fats during adolescence is linked to higher breast density in young adulthood, a strong risk factor for developing breast cancer as woman age.

Saturated “bad” fats are commonly found in meat and dairy products like fatty meats, cheese and butter and the greatest killer of all, Margerine. Nuts, olive oil and avocado are among common sources of monounsaturated “good” fats. Margerine is no food at all, it’s just hydrogenated extremely hot oil, cooled and bleached.

Get Regular Dental Checks

After following more than 65,000 female participants aged 54 to 86 for an average of eight years, a US study found that a history of gum disease was associated with a 14% higher risk of developing any cancer and a “significantly higher risk” of breast cancer.

Get your dental health confirmed today by visiting your orthodontist.

Consume a lot of fiber-rich foods.

A research found that people with gum disease face a higher risk of certain cancers. One theory is that harmful pathogens could be carried in saliva and dental plaque, or through diseased gum tissues into the blood circulation. So to mitigate this, eat and fill up on fiber foods.

A large-scale American study looking at 90,534 women found that high intake of fiber during adolescence, especially from fruit and vegetables, helps to reduce the risk of developing premenopausal breast cancer.

The research found that young women who ate more fiber in early adulthood had a 12 to 19% lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who ate much less or no dietary fiber.

High fiber intake during teenage years was found to reduce the overall risk of breast cancer by 16% and cut the risk of premenopausal breast cancer by 24%.

Foods with the highest levels of fiber include kidney beans, lentils, wholegrain cereals, fruit and green vegetables.

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