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How to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer



How to reduce the risk of breast cancer

Breast cancer is a big concern for women; just the thought of it can make them feel nervous. Most people know someone who’s been affected by the disease and have witnessed their struggle throughout.

Genetics has been found to be a factor leading to breast cancer in many cases. Experts on breast cancer care in France believe there are two genes which contribute to its susceptibility. Studies have shown that nearly 60,000 women are known to carry one of these genetic mutations, increasing the risk of one day developing breast cancer.

Other studies of breast cancer have been associated to factors other than genetics, having to do more with our bodies and environment. Although there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are a few ways to lower its risk.

Get healthy

Lifestyle changes have been shown to decrease the risk of breast cancer. This means making big changes such as quitting smoking or other substance abuse, or simply doing it in moderation. It also means cutting back on junk food, therefore being able to have a better concept of your weight. Being overweight can cause you to be at risk for different cancers including breast cancer. Being physically active may also help keep your body healthy and your weight in check.

Reduce toxins

Toxins exist all around us whether we are aware of them or not. We may find them in our food and beauty products. Pollution even comes from our computers and cellphones. Becoming aware of it may limit the amount of contamination around us. For example eating organic food and using natural beauty products as well as limiting exposure to Wi-Fi and cellphones may be a helpful step to take.

Consider discontinuing your birth control pills

Birth control pills exhibit different risks and benefits for our bodies. At a young age, the risk seems to be smaller. However, in general women who take birth control pills may have a slightly higher chance of developing breast cancer. If possible, it may be best to find other methods of contraception.

Remember to talk to your specialist about any questions or concerns you may have in relation to breast cancer. You may also want to support French Cancer Foundation, helping in research prevention and treatment of breast cancer for many other women.

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