The National Women's Health Information Center has graciously provided ten tips to help you live longer, live better and live happier.
Number 10: Be Informed. For health information you can trust, call them at 1-800-994-WOMAN.
Number 9: Be Good To Your Bones. For healthy bones, be sure to replenish your stock of calcium every day with plenty of foods like milk and dairy products, tofu, leafy green vegetables, canned salmon or sardines, and calcium-fortified juices or breads. Speak with your doctor about calcium supplements.
Number 8: Avoid Illegal Drugs and Alcohol. For women, the definition of moderate drinking stops at one glass. And where illicit drugs are concerned there is no such thing as "moderate" use.
Number 7: Take Medicine Wisely. Read the labels, follow the instructions carefully, and remind your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines or supplements you might be taking that could interact with your medication. If you have any questions about possible side effects call your doctor or pharmacist. Read more information about Tamoxifen or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Number 6: Play It Safe. Avoid injuries. Buckle up. Wear a bike helmet. Use smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Wear sunscreen and UV protected sunglasses. Use street smarts and common sense. Practice safe sex.
Number 5: Get Checked. Get regular checkups, preventive exams, and immunizations. Don't forget breast self-exams, too.
Number 4: Don't Smoke. It's the leading preventable cause of death in North America and a risk factor for breast cancer.
Number 3: Eat Smart. It's the secret to good health. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Enjoy a variety of foods, balance foods from each food group, and exercise moderately. A healthy diet is also one way of contributing to your breast health.
Number 2: Get Moving. The other secret to good health: just 30 minutes of physical activity, accumulated over the course of each day, can radically improve the way you look and feel, both physically and mentally. Increase physical activity has been proven to reduce your chances of breast cancer.
Number 1: Be Happy. Take time for yourself. Get connected with family, friends, and community. Do things you enjoy!
Source: Office of Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Making an effort to take your breast health into consideration is an excellent choice to make. And as easy as walking out your door.
According to the Alberta Cancer Board, research shows a strong link between increased physical activity and reduced risk breast cancers. Our lifestyles have become increasingly sedentary as many of us sit for long periods and rely on conveniences that reduce our level of activity such as remote controls and garage door openers. Inactivity increases our risk of premature death, chronic diseases, obesity and more. Physical activity can enhance your health. Breast Fitness and Breast Health the Natural Way are excellent resource books.