5 lifestyle changes to reduce breast cancer risk

Breast cancer risk can be significantly reduced with certain lifestyle changes unless there is family…

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  • Breast cancer risk can be significantly reduced with certain lifestyle changes unless there is family history factor involved. Dr Sonal Kumta, Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund suggests five preventive tips.

Updated On Oct 25, 2021 08:53 PM IST 5 Photos

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October is breast cancer awareness month and aims to spread awareness about the most common cancer in women. Breast cancer occurs when some breast cells begin to grow abnormally and divide more rapidly than healthy cells do and continue to accumulate, forming a lump. It can be prevented if one makes certain lifestyle changes. Dr Sonal Kumta, Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Fortis Hospital Mulund suggests five preventive tips.(Pixabay)

Updated on Oct 25, 2021 08:53 PM IST

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Maintain a healthy weight: If your weight is healthy, work to maintain that weight. If you need to lose weight, ask your doctor about healthy strategies to accomplish this. Reduce the number of calories you eat each day, and slowly increase the amount of exercise.(Pixabay)

Maintain a healthy weight: If your weight is healthy, work to maintain that weight. If you need to lose weight, ask your doctor about healthy strategies to accomplish this. Reduce the number of calories you eat each day, and slowly increase the amount of exercise.(Pixabay)

Updated on Oct 25, 2021 08:53 PM IST

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Be physically active: Having more fat tissue can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by raising estrogen levels. Also, women who are overweight tend to have higher levels of insulin, another hormone. Higher insulin levels have also been linked to some cancers, including breast cancer. Physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight, in turn preventing breast cancer. Most healthy adults should aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week(Pixabay)

Be physically active: Having more fat tissue can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by raising estrogen levels. Also, women who are overweight tend to have higher levels of insulin, another hormone. Higher insulin levels have also been linked to some cancers, including breast cancer. Physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight, in turn preventing breast cancer. Most healthy adults should aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week(Pixabay)

Updated on Oct 25, 2021 08:53 PM IST

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Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding plays a significant role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breastfeed, the greater the protective effect. Limit postmenopausal hormone therapy. Combination hormone therapy may increase the risk of Breast Cancer. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of hormone therapy. You might be able to manage your symptoms with non-hormonal treatments and medications. If you decide that the benefits of short-term hormone therapy outweigh the risks, use the lowest dose that works for you and continue to have your doctor monitor the length of time you are taking hormones.(Pixabay)

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding plays a significant role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breastfeed, the greater the protective effect. Limit postmenopausal hormone therapy. Combination hormone therapy may increase the risk of Breast Cancer. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of hormone therapy. You might be able to manage your symptoms with non-hormonal treatments and medications. If you decide that the benefits of short-term hormone therapy outweigh the risks, use the lowest dose that works for you and continue to have your doctor monitor the length of time you are taking hormones.(Pixabay)

Updated on Oct 25, 2021 08:53 PM IST

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Eat a healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet might decrease the risk of some types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Including plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts, can also benefit.(Pixabay)

Eat a healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet might decrease the risk of some types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Including plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts, can also benefit.(Pixabay)

Updated on Oct 25, 2021 08:53 PM IST

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