This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We advocate women’s fitness and health all year long, but this month in particular we would like to share with you ways to decrease your risk of breast cancer. Exercise and healthy eating habits can help reduce your risk of breast cancer as well as other types of cancers.
The CDC recommends exercising at least 3 times per week. They also recommend maintaining an elevated heart rate for at least 20 minutes. If you are new to exercise, a nice walk outside or on a treadmill are a great way to start, but be sure that you are breathing heavy while you do it. Exercise that keeps your heart rate up is the kind that fights cancer.
If you and your doctor are happy with your weight, maintain that weight. If you are overweight or obese, weight loss is your first priority. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of cancer, especially after menopause. Being overweight or obese is more of a risk if you have put on that weight as an adult.
Regular breast exam
Regular breast exams are very important. Be sure you know how to perform a self-exam and do one monthly. If you notice any changes, see a doctor.
Mammograms after 40
Once you turn 40 it is very important to have a mammogram. If you catch a tumor early, you significantly increase your chance of survival. In fact, early detection in the earliest stage of the disease has a survival rate of up to 98%.
For an exercise and weight loss plan for your body and your personal needs, contact Answer is Fitness.