I have had a breast cancer scare in October 0f 2008. Two months prior was the happiest time of my life, I had just got in engaged! Then my routine monthly breast exam, I discovered a lump.
I remember sitting down my fiance — now husband — and telling him of my discovery. To help make me laugh, he said you certainly know how to put the vow in sickness and health to the test. He went through the entire process with me holding my hand and telling everything was going to be okay.
Thankfully my lump turned out to me a calcium deposit, and I have a scar on my left breast as a reminder that I should continue to do regular self breast exams, because what if it wasn’t calcium deposit. Below are 8 ways to help prevent breast cancer
- Maintain a healthy weight — if you been looking to lose a little weight maybe this is the motivation you need to get started.
- Exercise — get moving at least 30-40 minutes/day
- Eat your Omegas 3/6/9 — this include nuts, seeds and oily fish.
- Get a mammogram — I know it may be uncomfortable and maybe hard to fit into your schedule, but it could save your life.
- Regular self exams — doing this could save your breast and your life.
- Know your family history — if anyone in your family has had breast cancer, be sure to inform your doctor you maybe genetically predisposed to breast cancer. Once I discovered my lump within the 5 years both my mother and sister discovered calcium deposits. Again better safe than sorry.
- Limit alcohol intake — its been found that alcohol may increase the toxins in body that contribute to breast and other cancers. Plus its hard to maintain a healthy weight if you are drinking all of your calories.
- Eat fruits and veggies — they contain antioxidant vitamins and nutrients