In the course of our lives, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Some of the risk factors for suffering from this disease are family history, genetic factors, obesity, having received hormone replacement therapy, having started menstrual periods before age 12, alcohol consumption, among others.
There are lifestyle modifications that can reduce the risk of breast cancer; In addition, all women should adopt as part of their routine, some customs related to early detection, since this type of cancer is curable when it is detected early. In this month of October, National Month for the Prevention of Breast Cancer, some habits are emphasized that can help prevent or detect this disease early:
6 golden rules
Exercising can help protect your body against cancer, just as it is! More than a third of cancer-related deaths are attributed to obesity and sedentary life. Exercise is one of the best insurance policies against many types of cancer, particularly cancers of the breast and colon, two of the most common cancers in the United States.
With high levels of estrogen in their blood have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Exercise lowers estrogen in the blood and this helps reduce risk in a woman. Women who exercise have less fat and therefore produce less estrogen.
How much is enough?
According to the national physical activity guidelines, a good goal is to exercise at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week. However, I recommend that you aim for one hour a day to get the most benefits. Moderate intensity activities such as walking are sufficient, although there are greater benefits when intensity is increased.
Get up from the couch!
It is easier than you think. A half hour of physical activity like walking, swimming, biking, or golfing without the help of a cart is a good start. Here are other ways to be more active:
Remember that recovering from cancer requires the cooperation of both the health team and the patient, their family and friends. Not because we say the word cancer must be associated with a hospital bed.
Before doing any type of exercise, ask a healthcare professional. Remember that exercising is synonymous with health. Remember change your physique as well as your lifestyle.