October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – What can you do?

October 19, 2017

Employee Benefit & HR News

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk. Discuss your risk factors with your primary care physician.

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer:

  1. Drinking alcohol. Try to limit yourself to less than one drink every day since even a small increase can cause a greater risk.
  2. Being overweight or obese. Get yourself to a healthy weight. Being overweight may put you at a greater risk for certain types of cancers including breast cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for post-menopausal women.
  3. Smoking. The cessation of smoking will not only prevent breast cancer but improve your health in other ways by preventing health disparities such as COPD and heart disease.
  4. Eating in an unhealthy way. Eating more fruits, vegetables, and healthier fats can help to reduce your risk for not only cancer but it improves your heart health and helps to prevent diabetes. Eating too many saturated and trans fats may put you at a greater risk of breast cancer.
  5. Being sedentary. The recommendation is to exercise 150 minutes every week (Department of Health and Human Services). Exercising five times a week for only 30 minutes will have many health benefits and helps to prevent many diseases. Those 30 minutes could be even as simple as walking your dog every day.

Catching breast cancer early could save your life. Get your well women exam every year and discuss your risks with your primary care physician.

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Information contributed by Kelsey Wright, a dietetic intern at St. Louis University. Kelsey spent time at J.W. Terrill learning about community nutrition and corporate wellness.

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About Diane Andrea

Diane is the Wellness Consultant for J.W. Terrill. Diane is a registered and licensed dietitian and certified health coach with over 20 years experience in the wellness field.

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