At Pink Ribbons Memphis, it’s our goal and joy to make every breast cancer survivor feel beautiful and help her feel whole again. We don’t want anyone to go through cancer and while there isn’t a cure (yet!), we did want to share some ways to reduce your risk of cancer. These tips may not only reduce your risk of cancer, they’ll help you live a happier, healthier life!
We want to share this disclaimer before sharing the tips on reducing cancer. This blog post is meant to be educational and is not intended to replace a medical consult. Please consult with your doctor if you have any concerns or questions.
Unfortunately, if breast cancer runs in your family, then you probably have a higher risk. If you haven’t already, visit with your doctor to share this information and create a plan of early testing and prevention.
5 Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Cancer
1. Eat Well
We don’t mean start a grueling diet tomorrow. We’re talking about a lifestyle change to eat healthy, whole food that will nourish your body. Cut down on unnecessary sugars and incorporate more leafy greens. Make gradual healthy changes to your eating and cooking habits. Need cooking inspiration? Use Pinterest or visit your local library for healthy cookbooks.
2. Exercise Regularly
We’re not saying hit the gym every day! Start by taking a long walk after dinner or taking one fitness class you enjoy a week. Bonus if you get your family and friends to join you. According to the American Cancer Society, aim for about 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. That’s approximately a 20- minute walk a day.
3. Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you already plan on following the first two tips, this tip will happen naturally! Shed any extra unwanted pounds to reduce your risk of cancer. Research shows that overweight adults tend to have a higher risk. Carrying extra weight tends to lead to higher levels of insulin and this has been linked to certain cancers.
4. Reduce Alcohol Intake
Notice we said reduce and not eliminate. Studies show that over consumption (2 to 3 drinks a day) of alcohol leads to a 20% increase in risk for women. Women who have 1 drink a day have a much smaller increased risk. What do we mean by 1 drink? 1 drink = 12 oz beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
5. Regular Checkups and Tests
This doesn’t reduce your risk of cancer, but early prevention is key for successful treatment. Do you regularly visit your doctor to early testing? Start now and create a plan for early testing and prevention.
By following these tips, you’ll not only feel better and healthier, you’ll reduce your risk of cancer as well. Any lifestyle changes take time, so have patience with yourself and some fun learning healthier habits.
Pink Ribbons: A Mastectomy & Lymphedema Boutique in Memphis, Tennessee helps its clients feel beautiful and whole again. Please stop in and visit us at 716 North White Station Road, Memphis, TN 38122 or call to speak with our staff at 901-417-6060. Follow us on Facebook!