Eat Well during October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

6 October, 2010 (13:05)


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RECIPES: Yam Biscuits and Peach Soup by Holly Clegg from National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Website: http://www.nbcam.org/index.cfm

By Rae Udy

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year will mark a quarter-century of helping bring awareness, education and empowerment about this disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are now about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in America.
What can you do to decrease your risk of breast cancer?
Some common risk factors you really can’t control. The highest risk factor for breast cancer is being female. The disease is about 100 times more common in women than men.
The risk of breast cancer also increases with age and is especially high for women 60 and older. It is uncommon for women younger than 35 to develop breast cancer, but it does occur.
If you have had breast cancer or another breast disease there is an added risk for breast cancer. If a family member or close relatives have had breast cancer it is important to know how old they were when diagnosed.
There are other risk factors that are estrogen related. Women who begin menstruating before age 12 are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, as well as women who have a first pregnancy after age 25-35 or those who have had no children are at a higher than average risk.
Some risks you can control in your daily life by eating well. According to the NBCAM website, nbcam.org, decreasing your daily fat intake of especially saturated and hydrogenated fats will help prevent breast cancer and other health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
Increase fiber in your diet by including whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables not only for fiber content but for antioxidant properties.
Evidence also suggests that a small increase in risk for breast cancer in women who average 2 or more drinks per day of beer, wine or distilled liquor. Although smoking is not linked to causing breast cancer, it can increase the chance of blood clots, heart disease and other cancers that may spread to the breast.
Staying active may be the best way to avoid risk of breast cancer and more health problems. The US Surgeon General recently reported many health problems can be avoided by engaging in a moderate amount of physical activity on most days of the week.
These recipes are on the NBCAM website from author Holly Clegg. This informative site also offers links to breast cancer hospitals, mammography centers and low cost screening locations near you.
Sources:
http://www.nbcam.org/index.cfm
http://www.nbcam.org/patient_questions_answers.cfm

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