Thursday, January 3, 2008

Reduce your breast cancer risk

A healthy lifestyle offers protection now. What changes can you make to reduce your breast cancer risk or ease your treatment? According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful:

  • Get a checkup
  • See your healthcare professional once a year for a breast exam and mammogram to detect disease before it becomes advanced
  • Cut back on cocktails, but not on nutrition
  • Limit your alcohol consumption and take a multivitamin containing folic acid to reduce alcohol-related breast cancer risk
  • Eat risk-reducing foods
  • Add plenty of fiber, tomato products, soy products, and fish to your diet
  • Prioritize exercise
  • Maintain a regular exercise program throughout your life
  • Seek support
  • If you have breast cancer, join a weekly patients’ group for social support
  • Mix in melatonin
  • If you have breast cancer, take 20 mg of this hormone at night under medical supervision to possibly help shrink tumors and slow progression

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.

Source @ Sam's Club

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