October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing, but the good news is survival rates are improving. This is most likely because of more targeted treatments, earlier detection and better breast awareness.
The biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age – 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Not all breast cancers show as a lump, and not all breast lumps are breast cancer.
Make no mistake about it; women can take an active role in living a prevention-oriented lifestyle to reduce cancer risk, and in honour of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month; we wanted to offer advice for living a breast cancer prevention lifestyle through diet. Here are some guidelines for breast cancer prevention through diet and lifestyle.
Reduce Your Red Meat Intake
Red meat consumption has been linked with breast cancer. Try to limit or eliminate red meat from your diet, and consider eating vegetarian meals at least a few times per week for a boost of essential vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as kale, spinach and brussel sprouts reduce the production of a certain kind of estrogen specifically linked to breast cancer development. These foods are also especially high in fibre, which is essential for waste elimination and removing toxins from the body. Eating a high-fibre diet of at least 30 grams or more can significantly reduce carcinogenic toxins in the body and lower breast cancer risk.
Green and white teas are both especially high in antioxidants, which have a protective effect against cancer. Some studies have shown that green tea can interfere with cancer cell receptors.
The lycopene in tomatoes can reduce cancer risk by attacking free radicals, which are associated with cancer development.
Of course taking precautions can help, but ensure that you regualarly check your breasts and if you do notice any changes make an appointment to see your GP immediately.
For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk