You know it is October when the NFL is suited up in hot pink, for breast cancer awareness. While awareness is a wonderful thing, let us not forget that cancer can be prevented.
Yes a small percentage of cancers are genetic, but at least 50% of ALL cancers can be prevented, a well known statistic agreed up by even the National Institutes of Health and National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Each October the focus is for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, rather than prevention. We know about the importance of mammograms and self-breast examinations, and are grateful for radiation and surgical treatments that save lives.
Yet we must remember that early detection and treatment of breast cancer is in NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, a means to prevent breast cancer. So, let’s talk about prevention. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Exercise, exercise, exercise. Adipose tissue (fat) manufactures estrogen in the body and breast cancer is an estrogen dependent tumor. Therefore the more fat cells you have, the more estrogen you make and the higher chances you have for developing an estrogen dependent tumor. 30 minutes per day is best.
- Maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30. After menopause, obese women (over 30 BMI) have double the risk of breast cancer compared to women with a normal BMI. We can coach you to drop the weight with proper nutrition and exercise, through our 8WW program. The 8WW program can be adjusted for people of all fitness levels and ages to benefit from.
- Burn away abdominal fat. The worst place to carry fat is around your middle. Your waist measurements should be less than 35” if you are a woman and less than 40” if you are a male. A high amount of abdominal fat is linked to breast cancer. If you haven’t visited our gym yet, get a complimentary personal training session to learn how to build your core strength.
- Eat healthy consistently. Eats lots and lots of cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts, contain a substance called “indole-3-carbinol”. This substance is a proven anti-oxidant and improves the detoxification of estrogen in the body. Flax seed and soy products are also important in balancing hormones in the female body. Our 8WW program focuses on making healthy eating decisions part of your everyday lifestyle.
- Take Vitamin D. Studies are linking Vitamin D deficiency with increased breast cancer risk. Take a minimum of 1000 IU’s of Vitamin D3. Pick up a bottle at our front desk during your next visit.
- Don’t accept breast cancer to be your destiny, even if you have family history. Your mind set is probably the single most important deterrent of cancer that your body has. Believe that your body has the power to heal, and it will.
- Improve your immune system with regular chiropractic adjustments. Not only do adjustments boost your immune system, it enhances every aspect of well-being. Schedule your next adjustment with one of our three doctors at 303-790-6000.