A woman’s Mantra to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

on Saturday, October 20, 2012

i.         Avoid, prevent and reverse obesity.

ii.      Do regular physical exercise at least 4-5 times a week lasting for at least 30 minutes. Not a stroll in the park but reasonably strenuous.

iii.     Eat healthy – avoid high-fat, high-calorie processed foods. Eat plenty of fruits, green and salads.
iv.       Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

v.        Breast your children for at least one year.

vi.       Have one or two children, preferably before the age of 30 years.

vii.      Don’t ignore lumps. Be aware of the possibility of breast cancer.

viii.     Be aware of your breast learn to regularly and systematically self-examine your breast form a           young age.

ix.      Have yourself screened for breast cancer once every two years if you are over the age of 50          years. Clinical breast examination by a trained health worker or doctor is as effective as a          mammogram.

x.      There is no proof that mammogram screening is useful in younger healthy women below the         age of 50 years.

xi.     If any members of your close family have been diagnosed to have breast and /or ovarian         cancers, seek expert genetic counseling to reduce your risk.

xii.    Don’t panic if you have been diagnosed to have breast cancer. It is curable in the overwhelming         majority of women especially in early stages. (Dr. Sudeep Gupta)

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