In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we wanted to share a few simple and approachable ways that may reduce your risk of cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States after skin cancer, so chances are you or someone you know is affected by this disease.
The good news is that there are several steps you can take to help increase your chances of avoiding the “big C”:
- Maintain a Healthy Weight: Studies show that being overweight or obese can increase your risk of breast cancer. More specifically, carrying excess fat around your waistline has been shown to pose an even greater risk. Use this Healthy Body Calculator to determine the best healthy weight range for your body. For effective, long-term weight loss success, focus on maintaining healthy eating habits, which will greatly impact your ability to maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise Regularly: Make exercise a priority and find time to get active 3-4 days a week. Whether you prefer to walk, play tennis, run with a friend or dance for an hour at Zumba, just get moving! In fact, as little as 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2½ hours of brisk walking a week has been shown to reduce your risk by 18%.
- Eat Clean and Limit Processed Foods: By eating a diet rich in whole foods and meats free of antibiotics and added hormones you can help slash your odds of cancer. According to the President’s Cancer Panel, a diet high in processed foods and conventionally grown produce increases your exposure to pesticides and carcinogens, raising your risk of cancer. If organic, grass-fed beef is out of your price range, try incorporating alternative protein sources into your diet such as beans, nuts or dairy.
What are your best tips for incorporating these healthy lifestyle changes? We’d love to hear from you.
Photo used under creative use license courtesy of Audrey. HumanaVitality is not an insurance product. This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor before making dietary changes or starting an exercise routine.
Guest post written by Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl.