Breast cancer affects more women than you think

According to the statistics, breast cancer will affect one out of eight women. In 2012 alone, 1.7 million new breast cancer diagnoses were made in women across the globe, which made ¼ of all the new cancer diagnoses overall.

Certain mutations make up 20-25% of all cases involving inherited breast cancer as well as 5-10% of all breast cancers

These mutations are the BRCA1 and BRCA2. This counts as good news for the rest of the people that do not have these mutations, meaning their diagnoses can be reduced or maybe even prevented by incorporating these seven changes into their daily routines.

Active women can reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a study by the American Cancer Society

The women experienced a reduction in postmenopausal breast cancer by 14% just by walking seven hours a week. Don’t give excuses, ladies! Get up and take a walk, use the stairs at work or go outside and have fun activities with the kids.

Johns Hopkins made a list of healthy eating guidelines that were derived from the National Cancer Institute

Vegetables are rich in chemopreventive properties, antioxidants and anti-estrogen, so consume five servings or more. Reduce the amount of fat you consume to below 30% and decrease the amount of highly saturated fats as well, like ice cream, butter and cheese. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids instead, like lentils, legumes and fish. Eat salmon once a week for dinner instead of red meat. Fill your refrigerator with some seasonal fruit.

Eliminate parabens, phthalates, bisphenol and other toxins

Canned goods and plastic contain BPA. Search for “BPA-free” when buying items and use ceramic or glass containers. Your cash register receipts can also contain BPA. Vinyl shower curtains, paint, toys, detergents, cosmetics and air fresheners  contain phthalates. Deodorants, creams and lotions contain parabens. You can avoid these toxins by reading labels carefully when buying items or sticking to organic products.

Stop smoking. Period!

People who smoke increase their risk of getting invasive breast cancer by 24% compared to people who don’t smoke, according to a study conducted by the Journal of National Cancer Institute in 2013.

Take alcohol in moderation or just avoid it completely

Women are 51% more likely to get a breast cancer diagnosis when they drink at least two alcoholic beverages a day than people who don’t drink. Even consuming 3-6 drinks in a week has been shown to increase the risk by 15%!

Lack of sleep promotes cancer by disrupting regular immune function and increasing inflammation

Women who lack sleep consistently can develop cancer that is more aggressive, according to a study conducted in 2012. Refrain from drinking caffeine in the afternoon, stick to a strict sleeping schedule and don’t use electronics before going to bed.

You can find lumps and other irregularities on your own with a self-breast exam

Each year, 13,000 women who are under 40 will get a breast cancer diagnosis, and about 1,2000 of them will die. Diagnosing breast cancer in women under 40 is more difficult, and they usually get a more aggressive form of cancer. That is why self-breast exams are important! See your doctor right away if something appears to be off.