BREAST CANCER PREVENTION

Updated: Mar 7, 2020

My next few posts will be focused on giving you some tips on ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer. But firstly, I would like to share an important fact.

"Despite the importance of family history as a risk factor, EIGHT OUT OF NINE women who develop breast cancer DO NOT have an affected mother, sister, or daughter".

So... ALL women need to be aware and proactive in their cancer prevention strategies.

TIP #1: Reduce your STRESS!!! A little stress can do us good—it pushes us to compete and innovate. But, CHRONIC STRESS can increase the risk of diseases such as depression, heart disease and CANCER. Studies have shown that stress might promote cancer INDIRECTLY by weakening the immune system's anti-tumor defense or by encouraging new tumor-feeding blood vessels to form. Other studies have shown that stress hormones, such as adrenaline & cortisol, can DIRECTLY increase tumor growth and spread.


STRESS can take many forms and you may not be aware of all the stressors that your body is exposed to on a daily basis. Examples of physical stressors include excessive exercise, physical trauma, stressful work environment, or even just having a very "BUSY" life with no time for relaxation or "me time".


Psychological stressors include depression, anxiety, social isolation, phobias, or emotional trauma.


And, our environment can also contribute to our stress load due to poor diet, alcohol, lack of exercise, toxins, pollution, EMFs and heavy metals.


So... the key ingredient to reducing your risk of breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter) is to find ways to reduce and manage your STRESS.



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