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Breast cancer survivors Angelina Jolie, American actress, film director and Sheryl Crow, American musician, singer-songwriter, have shared their personal experiences to create awareness about the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. According to WHO, "Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles."
Cancer researchers opine that lifestyle choices are the main risk factors for breast cancer and by changing their lifestyle, women can alter these modifiable risks. Hence to prevent breast cancer, balanced diet, early detection tests should be done in people who have strong history of breast cancer and also in people who do not have any symptoms.
Research studies have confirmed that healthy lifestyle can prevent risk factors for breast cancer. The following lifestyle changes can help lower your chances of getting breast cancer:
Breast self-exam could be the first step towards preventing breast cancer. This may not be a very specific method of diagnosing breast cancer but it would familiarize you with your breasts. Ask your doctor about breast self-exam process. Women above the age of 40 should undergo breast screening every year. Women between the ages of 20 and 39 should undergo regular check up at least every 3 years, this would enable early detection.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs increase the risk of breast cancer. Hence the use of these drugs should be limited as far as possible. Breastfeed your baby and limit the consumption of alcohol, it help you lower your risk for breast cancer.
The other important factors are obesity, reduce the intake of high calorie and fat content food and consume more fresh fruits and veggies, experts say that 20-80 percent of risk is linked to diet. Exercise regularly for at least 45 to 60 minutes, being physically active will help lower your chances for developing breast cancer and other serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and depression.
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