One in eight US women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives , according to the American Cancer Society. This staggering stat could equal two members of your soccer team, three women in your yoga class, or five faces you see in a busy sushi joint. There are some natural ways to lower your breast cancer risk.
1. Snack on walnuts
Two handfuls of walnuts per day may help prevent breast cancer—and thwart tumor growth in those already with cancer—due to hearty doses of omega-3s, phytosterols , antioxidants, showed recent Marshall University School of Medicine study.
2. Feast on fungi
After adjusting for known cancer risk factors like obesity and smoking , those who ate at least 10 grams of button mushrooms per day were 64 percent less likely to develop the disease , recent study of more than 2,000 Chinese women revealed . Researchers say that while strengthening immune function mushrooms may curb estrogen production.
3. Avoid alcohol
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) one or two drinks per day may elevate risk of breast tumors fueled by both estrogen and progesterone (the most common type), . As booze, beer, and wine consumption increases, so does breast cancer risk, so think before imbibing.
4. Dodge pesticides
Certain pesticides’ molecular structures mimic glom and estrogen’s onto your cells’ hormone receptors. The Mayo Clinic reports women with elevated pesticide levels in their breast tissue have greater cancer risk—all the more reason to grow your own veggies and buy organic.
5. Steep and sip
According to research published in the January issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention , women under age 50 who drank three cups of tea per day had 37 percent lower risk than those who sipped none . Tea’s flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) help stymie the free-radical damage that can lead to disease.
6. Limit radiation exposure
NCI warns that radiation therapy to the chest—especially during puberty—ups breast cancer risk, beginning 10 years after treatment and lasting (gulp) forever. Women given diagnostic chest X-rays for pneumonia had two times the normal risk for breast cancer; even those who’d received radiotherapy for acne or other skin conditions were more prone , according to a 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer.
7. Trim the fat
A 2007 University of Leeds study says that older women who ate 2 ounces of saturated fat–laden red meat a day for seven years had a 56 percent higher risk of breast cancer than those who ate none.
8. Chill out
Looks like stress can up breast cancer risk too. Women who’d weathered more than one stressful life event, like losing a spouse, were at greater risk—and that general feelings of happiness and optimism may stave off breast cancer , a 2008 Israeli study showed.
source : justnaturallyhealthy.com