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Breast Cancer is something that has affected so many people and impacted our lives in some way or another. As with many cancers, there are several risk factors besides family history that impact this disease. On the topic of Health & Fitness Day, Dr. Ann Chuang details the correlation of breast cancer and living a healthy lifestyle.
1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Most of these women do not have a family history of breast cancer. 1 out of 10 breast cancer can be attributed to genetic mutations such as BRCA 1 and 2. Women who get regular exercise (physical activity) have a lower risk of breast cancer than women who are not active. When the evidence is looked at as a whole, regular exercise appears to lower breast cancer risk by 10-20 percent.
Most women with early breast cancer will beat it and never develop another breast cancer. It is important that breast cancer survivors practice healthy diet and lifestyles. These lifestyle modifications include maintaining a BMI between 18.5 and 25, limiting alcohol intake and maintaining or increasing exercise to the moderate or vigorous category. In addition, it is important to take care of other aspect of your health, including being up to date on health care screenings and visits.
Authored by Dr. Ann Chuang
National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day every year to remind women to take care of themselves and to make their health a priority, especially this year with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has several recommendations including getting the suggested screenings and preventative care, which may be delayed due to the pandemic. As health care providers, we hope that we will be able to resume breast cancer screenings as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact your primary care or breast physician.
Other recommendations by the CDC encourages you to “get moving.” There are free workouts available from well-known brands or you can consider a socially distanced walk. The CDC recommends at least 2 ½ hours of aerobic activity once a week and at least 2 days of strengthening activities. Physical activity lowers your risk for heart disease and cancer risk so any exercise helps.
While in quarantine, a lot of us have become chefs! We can try to have a more balanced diet, which includes adding more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Additionally, we can try to eat more lean meats, saturated and trans fats and added sugars. As my favorite dietitian says, “you can eat everything, but just in moderation!”
It is also important to avoid drinking too much alcohol. One glass of red wine a day is recommended for heart disease but drinking in excess can have deleterious effects.
While practicing social distancing, it is important to prioritize mental health. Send a text or make a phone call to a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while. It is important to check on your friends, family members and neighbors. Research shows that positive mental health is associated with improved physical health. Mental health is correlated to stress levels and there are healthy ways to cope with stress including meditation.
There can be a positive that comes out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of those positives can be your health. Let’s start this together today!
Authored by Dr. Ann Chuang