It’s estimated that one-in-eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s more than 10 percent of the U.S. female population, and a bit of a reality check for many women who think they are safe because the cancer doesn’t run in the families. Although having women in your family with breast cancer may increase your risk of developing the disease, there are other risk factors as well—things you actually have control over. In fact, there are a number of breast cancer prevention tips everyone should know about.
It is unfortunate that the mainstream medical establishment simply pushes pharmaceutical drugs and mammograms to tackle the issue of breast cancer.
And when that isn’t enough, doctors are encouraging many women to actually remove their breasts entirely to completely avoid the cancer. Some women are actually doing it. Fortunately, there are less-dramatic and simple ways to reduce your risk.
Here are 5 breast cancer prevention tips to share with everyone you know.
1. Stop Using Aluminum for Breast Cancer Prevention
Found in traditional deodorants and many pots and pans, aluminum mimics estrogen in the body and has been tied to breast cancer in numerous research studies. It is concentrated in breast tissue, in particular the region of the breast closest to the underarm (incidentally where most breast tumors are first discovered). While research thus far in this department is limited, aluminum is not naturally found in the body but mastectomy samples have shown that aluminum deposits are found in the breast tissue cells of breast cancer patients.
It should be no surprise that exposing lymph nodes in the armpit area with chemicals can lead to related health issues.
2. Keep Your Hormones Balanced
This is a tricky statement for many people. We often operate with no thought as to how our actions are affecting the chemical messengers of our bodies. But these hormones play a major role in the development of breast cancer. Avoiding known hormone disruptors like BPA (found in can liners and plastic food containers) and prescription hormones (birth control pills and hormone replacement therapies) can allow your endocrine system run efficiently. It’s said that over 130 studies have linked BPA to breast cancer development.
3. Add these Foods to Your Diet
There are several foods whose compounds have been linked to reduced breast cancer link, either through balancing hormones or by simply fighting cancerous cells directly. Be sure to add these to your diet:
- Flax seeds
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Green tea
4. Swap out Your Sunscreen
Did you know that sunscreen causes cancer? Applying traditional sunscreens is like taking a chemical bath in several harmful substances. One of them, dioxin, is a known carcinogen and is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Also, some components mimic estrogen which can increase breast cancer cell growth.
Here is some information on safer sunscreen alternatives.
5. Get Plenty of Sunshine
Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) can inhibit cancer cell growth. A deficiency in vitamin D actually more common in people with cancer – which ties directly into the chemicals present in sunscreen and how sunscreen blocks vitamin D absorption. So, soak up some sun. If you choose to supplement, pick high quality D3.
Be sure to share these breast cancer prevention tips, along with some of your own, with others you care about.