January 22, 2020

7 simple ways to avoid contracting Breast Cancer, second leading cause of death in women

Cancer is a scary word that nobody enjoys hearing but the reality is that the sooner it’s diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.

Knowing the facts and understanding the disease is a good way to make sure if something isn’t right, it’s diagnosed early.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

Research has proven that Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women after lung cancer.

The conversation around Breast Cancer requires not just women but also the involvement of men, away from the belief that it largely affects women.

A lead Care & Medical Advisory officer at Resolution Insurance, Jemimah Mbugua gives these tips that can help reduce the chances of contracting the disease.

1. Stop smoking
If you like to indulge in a regular cigarette once in a while or on a daily basis, you are definitely prone to getting Breast Cancer compared to someone who does not smoke.

2. Exercise regularly
The more active you are as an individual, the less likely you are to be at risk of getting sick. Some of the simple exercises you can engage in include jogging, swimming, dancing, cycling and even household chores.

3. Minimise alcohol intake
This applies to the light drinkers who often tend to downplay their drinking behaviors with phrases such as “It is only one drink.“ Unfortunately, that one drink can develop into alcohol-associated cancers over time.

4. Diet
You need to always watch your diet if in any case you are trying to run away from cancer. Most people do not realise processed foods and spices purchased over the counter in supermarkets are leading causes of cancer.

These food additives more often than not are laced with chemicals that may accumulate in the digestive tract since they cannot be digested.

5. Cautionary use of birth control pills
If you predispose yourself to birth control pills, they can often result in hormonal imbalances in your body.

These two hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are necessary for the development of both male and female organs are mostly affected by the improper use of birth control pills.

When these two hormones are in excess, they can cause cancer!

6. Genetic predisposition
Whether we like it or not, we inherit our parents genes which in turn get mutated in our bodies. This means that if there are underlying health problems in our families, we automatically become predisposed to the illnesses that are in our families.

Breast Cancer is not an exception to this rule, hence the need to get tested to detect any signs of breast cancer or any other cancer that may be malignant. The earlier, the better.

7. Limit your radiation exposure
Avoid exposing yourself to machines with UV rays such as microwaves, X-ray machines which are some of the biggest causes of cancer.

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