HealthTalk: Tips for breast cancer prevention and detection

The Facts

Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime?

While you can’t prevent cancer, it is important to be proactive about your health. From your diet, to your exercise, to the quality of sleep you’re getting, giving yourself the tools to live a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in protecting against and detecting cancer. We’ve pulled together a few tips for improving (and measuring) your health.

What To Eat

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Ground flaxseeds

These members of the Linaceae family help slow the growth of prostate and breast cancer.

There are many more cancer-fighting foods and other important lifestyle factors to consider when trying to prevent cancer, but including these five cancer-fighting foods in your daily routine will give you a terrific head start. For simple recipe ideas, check out my books Hungry for Health and Hungrier for Health. They make great gifts!

Broccoli and cabbage

These crucifers help prevent breast, bladder, lung, prostate and other cancers.

This food group contains compounds that can neutralize dangerous hormones and cancer-causing chemicals in a matter of days. In 2008, for example, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute found up to a 50% lower chance of developing lung cancer among those men who ate the most cruciferous vegetables.

Daily red apple

Apples can protect against human liver, colon and breast cancer.

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study demonstrated that increasing fruits and vegetables by the equivalent of one small apple a day could prevent more than 300,000 cases of cancer worldwide each year (European  Journal of Cancer 46, Sept. 2010).  Eat the apple skin too! Researchers at Cornell University found that triterpenoid compounds in apple peels contribute to their anti-cancer activity (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 55, June 2007).

What To Do

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If you are over 40, consider getting a mammogram

Early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for a cure. Several groups have guidelines about screening mammograms, including the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Preventive ServicesTask Force and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Each of these groups suggests a different timeline for testing. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the Hutch’s clinical care partner, supports the American Cancer Society’s statement that women should have the opportunity to start yearly screening mammograms at age 40.

Don’t put off screening because of fear

Most abnormalities found after a mammogram are not cancer. However, in some cases you may be called back for more tests, such as additional mammography or ultrasound screening, to confirm that the area on the screening mammogram is normal. That’s why you may be asked to return for a follow-up exam

Know your risk

If you have family members who have had breast cancer, especially a mother or sister, and if they had breast cancer before reaching menopause, tell your doctor, as your own risk of cancer may be higher than average. Some women at high risk may be recommended for annual MRI in addition to a screening mammogram.

Biostrap was created to provide clinical-quality health insights.

From SpO2 to HRV, our insightful biometric tracking empowers consumers to live healthier lives. We aim to contextualize and quantify a person’s physiological well-being with easy to understand health data that makes detecting and preventing breast cancer easier.

Our latest release of the Limited Edition Keep A Breast Biometric Unit, which are now available for purchase, aims to contextualize and quantify a person’s physiological well-being with easy to understand health data. Show your support for breast cancer awareness with our official collaboration with The Keep A Breast Foundation. More information here.

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Now available for purchase

From the founders:

“The Biostrap and Keep A Breast Foundation partnership exemplifies the many different ways to educate and promote healthy lifestyles,” said Biostrap founder and CEO, Sameer Sontakey, “Keep A Breast is an ideal partner for informing the next generation about proactive and quantifiable health practices that people can actually witness in our app.”

“We’ve spent the last 18 years spreading breast cancer awareness and creating resources for people to identify early indicators of breast cancer and are excited to expand on this through our new partnerships,” said Shaney jo Darden, founder of The Keep A Breast Foundation, “When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. Our mission is to provide women the tools and knowledge to perform self-checks and inspire them to check themselves on a monthly basis”

About Keep A Breast

The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is a leading global youth-based breast cancer prevention organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support. Since its inception in 2000, KAB has worked with young people to remove the shame associated with breasts and breast cancer health. Through various initiatives and programs, KAB has opened up the dialog about breast cancer, and has proven to be a doorway to breast self-awareness and education.

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