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Preventing Breast Cancer

Posted on 10/17/2013

As a proud breast cancer survivor, I feel no need to hide the fact that I was diagnosed with the disease and fought it. In fact, I feel an obligation to help other women learn from my experience in order to help them with their own fight. That’s why I recently shared my own breast cancer survivor story in this blog. You can share your own breast cancer survival story too, if you like. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/shareyoursurvivor and submit your story, you could even win a week’s worth of our delicious, healthy meals in the process.

If I only help one woman through her own struggle with this often deadly disease, then I have accomplished my goal in sharing my story!  

Not a breast cancer survivor? Well, these following tips are pretty easy, simple things you can do to help prevent certain types of breast cancer.

1.     Maintain a healthy weight – or, if you are overweight, lose weight. Research shows that overweight or obese women, especially post-menopausal, increase their risk for breast cancer even more so if the weight was put on as an adult. Additional research also showed obese and overweight women had lower survival rates and a greater chance of more aggressive disease than average weight or underweight women.

2.     Stay active – exercising three times per week (or more) has been shown to lower risk factors for developing breast cancer and helps your heart heath too. Exercise can be anything you do that gets your heart rate up for a sustained period, no need to join an exercise club or go to the gym.  

3.     Avoid consuming too much alcohol – by limiting alcohol to two to three servings per week (or fewer), it has been shown to lower the risk of breast cancer. There is a link between drinking and breast cancer in approximately 70 percent of tumors that are considered hormone-sensitive.  

4.     Conduct monthly self breast exams – because you might find a lump before a mammogram does, and as you age your body changes so you want to know if something is not right early so the treatment options improve along with your chances of survival. 

5.     Regular mammograms -- beginning at 40 years old, or younger if you’re predisposed to the disease (according to your doctor), have an annual mammogram. Early tumor detection can boost the chances of survival significantly. In fact, the five-year survival rate can be as high as 98 percent for the earliest stage localized disease, but can be about 27 percent for later stage or metastatic disease.  

I hope these tips are helpful and at least one woman reading my blog will be helped by them.

 

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

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.

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