Breast Cancer and Exercise

Breast Cancer and Exercise

 

Looking for a way to reduce your risk of breast cancer - go @walkwithadoc.
 
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women with 125 / 100,000 women diagnosed a year and unfortunately 20 lives will be lost.  My sister was one of the 20 - so this is personal for me. I was with her through her chemotherapy, recovery, recurrence, metastasis and when she finally lost her battle with breast cancer.  A cancer diagnosis affects the patient - but also their spouse, siblings, children, grandchildren, friends and countless other acquaintances.   How do you limit the impact and ripple effect of a cancer diagnosis? How do you lower your risk of breast cancer?
 
There are internal and external risk factors... 
 
INTERNAL
  1. Genetics: BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation puts you at a much higher risk of developing cancer. Be sure you’re discussing your risks with your provider.
  2. Sex: Women are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer
  3. Age: You have a greater risk if you’re 55 years and older
  4. Family history: Your risk doubles if you have a 1st degree relative with a history of breast cancer
 
EXTERNAL - these are within your control and YOU can lower your risk of breast cancer
  1. Exercise: We recommend you exercise at least 30min/day, 5 days/week. Start small - even walking 7 minutes / day is a good start. Alternatively you can aim to walk 1 mile / day which will mean you’ve walked a #marathonamonth.
  2. Diet: Foods can effect your immune system and the inflammatory state in your body. Plant-based foods like fruit and vegetables are the most beneficial.
  3. Smoking: Don’t start smoking and if you’re a current smoker talk to your provider. They can partner with you to help you stop.
  4. Alcohol: Limit your alcohol intake. More than 3 drinks / week increased your risk by 15%.
Breastcancer.org has put together a wonderful informational pamphlet Think Pink, Live Green: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer.
 
 
Looking for a way to reduce your risk of breast cancer - go @walkwithadoc.
Author
Dr. Siatta Dunbar

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