Breast Cancer Prevention

There are many life style choices which may be considered that will contribute to breast cancer prevention in future years.

These choices will apply even if a family history and or genetic disposition exists which increases overall risk to contraction.

In fact they are more important in such cases as every beneficial life style change may contribute to reducing the overall risk of contracting breast cancer enormously in the future.

HRT; Hormone Replacement Therapy has for some time been linked to an increased risk of several types of cancer. It also increases risk of heart disease, strokes and blood clots. HRT is often prescribed to help with symptoms during and following menopause. There are alternative more natural solutions which do not increase the risk of contracting cancer and should where possible be used in place of HRT for breast cancer prevention.

The Birth Control Pill; has been identified as increasing the risks of contracting breast cancer. To contribute to breast cancer prevention the birth control pill should be used for as short a period as possible. Young girls in particular should be informed of all the long term risks along with their parents.

Alcohol; Drinking alcohol daily or excessively at weekends increases the risk of contracting breast cancer. Alcohol also increases the risk of contracting other cancers and other life threatening disease.

Weight / Obesity; Being overweight and in particular obese will increase your risk of contracting cancer. A sensible diet, good nutrition and exercise will not only give you a good looking body, it will supply you with more energy, and literally more life.

Exercise; as stated above will prolong your life. Exercise keeps the fluids in the body moving, in particular fluidity of lymph and subsequent extraction of toxins from the body will help maintain breast health. Exercise will help ward of other serious life threatening disease and increase quality of life as we get older. A good diet and daily exercise has been shown to reduce risk by 18%

Nutrition; A good varied diet with increased levels of raw organic foods will provide most nutrients required to maintain a healthy diet. Vitamins A, C and E however have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer therefore, supplementation with these nutrients is highly recommended. Remember when buying supplements only buy naturally sourced vitamins do not buy synthetic. These are usually the cheaper variety.

Bearing Children; Woman who have children after the age of 30 years or none at all have been shown to have an increased risk of breast cancer.

Breast feeding; children for 1.5 to 2 years has been shown to reduce risk of contracting the disease.

Emotional / Stress; General emotions, stressful or traumatic situations have been known to have an impact on the body causing disease. Cancer has been linked to such causative factors for many years and successful treatment may be hindered if the emotive factors are not discovered and eliminated. This may very well be the reason why many so called successful treatments recur later. Many holistic cancer treatment centres have provided various solutions either directly or indirectly in the form of counselling, meditation, hypnotherapy or simply giving the patient time to reflect and make significant life changes. It is my belief that a more targeted treatment protocol using Clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP would increase successful outcomes significantly.

Early Detection: Be body conscious for breast cancer prevention. Regularly examine your own body, in particular your breasts and surrounds. Get to notice any differences at certain times of the month. Often menstrual periods will create lumpy tissue that will disappear later. If any changes such as pain or swelling persist get it checked by your GP. If you are not sure how to do a self examination ask the GP and he / she will arrange for a specialist to show you how and what to look for.

From the age of 40 it is wise to get regular screening which is usually 1 to 2 years apart. If you are at an increased risk your doctor may increase the frequency and may lower the age to start.

The earlier breast cancer is detected the more successful treatment is and often the less invasive treatment required.

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