Despite all the “noise” that breast cancer is one of the worst killers of women in the world today, it’s annoying that most women still aren’t taking active steps to protect themselves from this dreaded condition. While the increasing prevalence of breast cancer and perhaps other cancerous conditions has been linked to environmental factors such as the increasing levels of radiation and chemicals released into the air, water, soil and food we consume in the civilized world; or to genetic and hereditary factors, the role of other self-imposed factors cannot be ignored.
There are many things each woman can do individually or collectively to prevent breast cancer. Poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise or intake or hormone-mimicking drugs, all play a critical role in the cause of breast cancer, and any attempt to prevent this disease should start here.
A simple positive and optimistic attitude has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer. This will sound great to many people; however, it will suffice to explain that several medical studies have shown the link between a positive attitude and an improved immune system. Laughter and humor have been shown to improve the body’s immunity and prevent cancer and other diseases. You’ve probably heard the slogan ‘happy people don’t get sick’. Part of maintaining a positive attitude is learning to express your feelings. The mind is free and open and energy flows freely through the body when there are no accumulated pains and fears weighing you down.
Exercise is another tool that you will find very helpful in your fight against breast cancer. Aerobic exercise at least 3-4 times a week, constant breathwork, and deep body awareness (as in yoga meditation) are all effective in preventing breast cancer. Exercise has been shown to be very effective for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Exercising regularly will do yourself a huge favor, as you will not only prevent breast cancer, but also make it easier to maintain a healthy mind and body.
Healthy eating is another great breast cancer prevention tool. Many cancers are caused by the chemicals and preservatives in the foods we eat. Most genetically modified foods (GMOs), ie food materials that have been improved in the laboratory, are known to pose serious health risks to consumers. Also, the hormone-mimicking substances in birth control pills and other prescription pills can predispose you to cancer. Taking the right supplements can therefore also be an effective tool in the fight against breast cancer.
In addition to all this, regular breast self-examination is the primary means of detecting any changes in the breast. It is advisable to examine the breast at the same time every month; this makes it easier to notice any changes in the shape, color, or texture of the breast. Common signs or changes to look out for include: lumps, lumps or knots anywhere in the breast, unusual swelling or warmth, change in size, color or texture such as redness or darkening of the breast, itching or scaling, especially on the nipple discharge, rash, skin dimpling, or unusual pain. While most of these changes may not be a sign of impending breast cancer, you can never tell. Forget everything you’ve heard, it’s still possible to prevent breast cancer.
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