Most women fear contracting breast cancer. It is a fear that some women live with for most of their lives. Breast cancer is caused by excess estrogen in the body and this is common to women after menopause. High amount of fats leads to greater risk of cancer.
Excessive fat in the belly region and on the hips increases your risk of cancer and hence one must avoid gaining excessive weight. However, you must keep in mind that being excessively thin also increases your risk of cancer and hence you must work to maintain the average weight as per your age and height.
There are several steps that you can take to decrease your risk of contracting breast cancer. Research has showed that that mothers who breast feed their babies for 6 to 12 months show a decreased risk breast cancer.
A well balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals and low in fats helps to prevent breast cancer. Avoid foods that are rich in animal fats; pork, chicken, red meats, sausages, eggs, butter and cream of the milk must be eaten in moderation. Foods that are rich in fiber and vitamins A & C help to protect you against breast cancer. Oranges, fish, apples, green tea and green leafy vegetables are rich sources of vitamins and fiber.
Women must restrict their alcohol consumption as it increases the risk of breast cancer. Though red wine is considered to be healthy; women must not consume more than two glasses a day.
Oral contraceptives are linked to the increased risk of breast cancer. Thus one must be cautious about their use of these types of contraceptives. If you are using such types of contraceptives then you must stop immediately to reduce the risk of contracting cancer.
If you are nearing menopause or have already gone through menopause it is extremely important for you to get a mammogram test twice a year. It is also important for you to learn to conduct a self-examination in order to reduce the risk of living with breast cancer.
Most communities have camps that have check ups and awareness drives; you must visit these local camps to get a regular check up as well as work with organizations to increase the awareness of breast cancer and how to avoid it.