In your 20s and 30s, you’re developing lifelong behaviors, so it’s the ideal time to start making new habits that can reduce your risk of breast and ovarian cancer in the long run.
Keep your body on the bright track by committing to these healthy habits:
Research has shown that certain foods can actually help decrease your risk of developing cancer. These cancer-fighting foods are not only nutritious—they are usually inexpensive and a natural way to take action and manage your health.
Here’s what to look for when you head to the grocery store:
The next time you head to the grocery store, take our Cancer–fighting Foods Shopping List with you!
In addition to preventing pregnancy, studies have shown that oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can help prevent ovarian, uterine and possibly colorectal cancer. In fact, taking oral contraceptives for five consecutive years in your 20s and 30s can cut your risk of developing ovarian cancer by up to 50%. This is a simple way to reduce your risk for the deadliest gynecologic disease.
You may have heard that taking birth control can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. While more studies are needed to better answer the question of breast cancer risk, the protective benefits related to decreased ovarian cancer risk are clear. The decision to take birth control pills is a very personal one, and as with any medication, there are risks as well as benefits. Your doctor can help you weigh the potential risks and benefits of using oral contraceptives to optimize and individualize your own proactive breast and ovarian health plan and decide what’s best for you.
Breastfeeding for one to two years has been proven to reduce your estrogen levels, which may lower your risk of developing breast cancer (this is especially true if you have a family history of the disease). Breastfeeding also offers many health benefits to babies and may reduce a female baby’s overall risk of developing breast cancer later in life.
With more scientific evidence emerging daily, it’s clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. We now know that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our breast cancer risk.
Some of the risk factors for breast cancer, such as our family history, can’t be helped. But the bright news is that particular environmental factors are within our control. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer and learn about what you can do in terms of personal, corporate and political action to limit your exposure, thereby reducing your risk of breast cancer.
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