Breast Cancer Facts

Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer is not a disease affecting women only.

  • Women who have a BRCA1 mutation or BRCA2 mutation (or both) can have up to an 80% risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes.

  • Men with a BRCA2 mutation have a 7% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

Although genetics play a big role, our lifestyles do as well. Vida adviso Mark Hyman, MD, tells us that, “scientific literature is abundant with evidence that diet, exercise, thoughts, feelings, and environmental toxins all influence the initiation, growth, and progression of disease.”

According to Medical News Today, “The first symptoms of breast cancer are usually an area of thickened tissue in the breast, or a lump in the breast or in an armpit.”

Further symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the armpits or breast that does not change with the menstrual cycle

  • Pitting or redness of the skin of the breast, like the skin of an orange

  • Rash around or on one of the nipples

  • Discharge from a nipple, possibly containing blood

  • Sunken or inverted nipple

  • Change in the size or shape of the breast

  • Peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin on the breast or nipple

You can lower your risk of breast cancer by following these 12 lifestyle practices:

  1. Keep a healthy weight through eating nutritiously and exercising regularly.

  2. Eat a healthy diet that focuses on whole foods. Limit refined grains and added sugars.

  3. Get regular physical activity and spread your workouts throughout the week.

  4. Avoid processed foods and preservatives (like nitrates and nitrites found in hotdogs and many deli meats).

  5. Avoid alcohol or limit how much you drink in one day (1 drink per day for women, 2 drinks per day for men).

  6. Quit using tobacco and avoid secondhand smoke.

  7. Limit sun exposure and avoid alternative UV rays from things like tanning beds.

  8. Protect yourself against cancer-causing substances in the workplace, and take action to reduce radon levels at work or at home.

  9. Complete regular self-checks on skin, breasts, and testicles to evaluate for abnormal spots or lumps.

  10. Complete any physician-recommended screening tests to detect potential cancers.

  11. Sleep 6-9 hours every night to help hormones and immune system function optimally.

  12. For childbearing women, breastfeeding can possibly reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Resources: American Cancer Society, Center for Disease Control, and the European Code Against Cancer.

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