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Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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12 Breast Cancer Awareness 2015 Institute, there have been more than 60 studies about the connection between exercise and reducing the risk of breast cancer. While the benefits have been proven, how much risk it reduces varies in each study (from 20 to 80 percent). 3. Drop the Pounds "Overweight women have a decreased rate of breast cancer, but after menopause, getting to a normal weight actually decreases your risk of post-menopausal breast cancer," Lerman says. 4. Chill Out According to the Foundation for Women's Cancer, when your body is stressed, it makes stress hormones and these hormones bind with cancer cells. "Stress does a lot of damage to your body and it predisposes you to cancer," Kirkland says. One study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2003, found that a master gene called ATF3, which helps cells adapt to stress, also could help cancer spread to other parts of the body. Find something that helps you to relax when life gets too stressful. Try meditation, walking, or music. 5. Don't Wine Too Much "Avoid high alcohol intake," Dr. Serrano-Ojeda says. "There was a study published in the British Journal of Cancer in 2002 of 58,000 women with breast cancer and 95,000 women without. They didn't pinpoint how alcohol increased the risk of cancer, but it showed that less alcohol was better." 6. Eat better "Eat a diet that's low in fat, high in fiber and rich in fruits and vegetables," says Dr. Deena Graham, an oncologist at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey. "I believe in eating in moderation, not in fad diets. Eat a chocolate chip cookie if you want it. It's not going to cause breast cancer, but just make sure that you are eating enough vegetables that cover the color of the rainbow." When you're choosing what foods to eat, Kirkland says to focus on a plant-based diet. "You want to know where your food is coming from," she says. "The American Cancer Society says that if everyone ate a healthy diet, nearly one-third of all cancers would be eliminated."

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