Posted on 10/5/2011
Every October is a month of reflection and hope for women all over the world. It is breast cancer awareness month and a time to pay attention to an important disease robbing us of our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, cousins, sisters, nieces and daughters.
I should know, I lost my sister, aunt and cousins to it. I too am a breast cancer survivor...12 years now and proud of it! Sure, I eat well and am active, but I believe genetics played a huge role in my disease.
Look around a room some time and at least one of the women you're meeting with or talking to, have a great likelihood of developing this disease. It may even be you!
So, what's a woman to do to reduce her chances of not getting breast cancer? There's plenty you can do to arm yourself from it...lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle! What you do plays a huge role in developing breast cancer. Even those with a family history can help their chances by taking these steps. But, things like gender, age, genetic risk factors, family history of breast cancer, race and ethnicity, dense breast tissue and certain benign breast conditions are all things that cannot be changed unfortunately.
So much to do to help you combat your chances of developing breast cancer...don't just throw your hands up and say, "I'm doomed!" You have a role in your health and your life's destination. Eat a healthy diet, stay active, lose weight, consume less alcohol and give yourself the best shot at staying breast cancer free.
Need more information? Visit cancer.org.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.