14 Oct 3 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer
October is the month for Breast Cancer awareness. It’s the perfect opportunity for us women to learn more about our bodies, to take prevention seriously and to build healthy habits, such as performing regular breast check ups.
This October, Bwom has partnered up with the Keep A Breast Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of prevention. For every exercise plan that you buy at Bwom, we will donate 50% of the proceed to Keep a Breast to help them with the common goal of raising awareness about the importance of breast cancer prevention and healthy habits. Find out these 3 ways to practice prevention and lower your risk of breast cancer:
1. Check Yourself!
In order to know when something is wrong, you have to know how your body feels when it’s right. KAB encourages everyone to start checking their boobies monthly (guys too!) as early as possible to know your normal. No scary medical procedures, just getting to know your boobies and starting that positive relationship with them. Research shows that 40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who discover their own lump.
Check your boobies! GIF image created by Eyebodega and Lazy Mom.
2. Move Your Body
Some studies have shown that just 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week can lower your risk of breast cancer by 30-50 percent. This October, KAB has started a movement called Fit 4 Prevention with a goal is to inspire people to reduce their risk of cancers by adopting a healthier, more active lifestyle, in a way that sparks their inner champion. Exercise boosts your T-cells, which strengthen your immune system and help you fight cancer cells. Studies show that exercising during and after treatment benefits cancer survivors in several ways, ranging from improved fitness and higher quality of life to reduced rates of recurrence and a longer life. Cancer patients who exercise may experience less nausea and less fatigue. If you’re coping with cancer or its aftermath, now is the time!
3. Detox Your Life
Environmental factors contribute to 90% of breast cancer diagnosis. That includes the products we use in our home and on our bodies. The cosmetics industry is very loosely regulated and unfortunately some ingredients they use are often not safe. Products can only contain a “safe level” of harmful chemicals, but when women use an average of 12 products daily, which equals an average of 168 chemicals we are exposing our body to daily. Luckily, there are many great companies that produce non toxic cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products to keep our bodies free of as many toxins as we can control.
About Keep a Breast
KAB was founded in response to the growing need for breast cancer awareness programs that focus on educating young people. Shaney Jo, Founder of KAB, tells how suddenly her friends were being diagnosed in their 20s, and she had no prior comprehension of how early in life breast cancer could strike. “It flipped a switch in my brain and I realized that it was my purpose to start this conversation with young people about breast cancer prevention. I use art and artistic expression to inform young people about methods of prevention, early detection and support”, Shaney said.
The same way Bwom works for pelvic health, through its programs, Keep A Breast exists to change the global conversation around breast cancer among young people by empowering them with breast health education, which they hope will ultimately inspire them to adopt healthier habits. KAB works on this all year, but October gives them -and us- a huge platform to encourage people to become a part of the conversation.
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