Contributed by Dr Tan Yah Yuen, General Surgeon. More than a quarter of cancers diagnosed among women in Singapore are breast cancers1. Here are five ways you can help cut down your risk.
Dietary factors may contribute to breast cancer risk. Limit intake of processed and red meats and increase your proportion of fresh fruits and vegetables. Opt for whole grains instead of refined grains.
Cut down on alcoholic beverages
Excess alcohol intake doubles breast cancer risk in women.
Avoid excessive weight gain
Being overweight is a risk factor for breast cancer, as well as a host of other cancers and ailments including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Maintain a healthy BMI (body mass index), especially when entering menopause.
Have an active lifestyle
Regular exercise at least 5 times a week reduces breast cancer risk—even brisk walking or yoga has its benefits. Try to clock at least 30-45 minutes of exercise each time. Exercise is also a great way to help you cope with stress that can lower your immunity and is more important as one grows older.
Reduce hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
HRT is given to counter-act menopausal symptoms. However certain preparations of HRT may increase risk of breast cancer after prolonged intake. Check with your doctor and if you do need HRT, avoid treatment durations of more than 5 years. Sharing is caring. Send this article with your friends to help them stay healthy.
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