Breast Health – Reducing Risk Factors

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Conventional medicine focuses on early detection as primary prevention for breast cancer. As we all know, there is never any guarantee that a woman will not get breast cancer within her lifetime, but a holistic approach focusing on reducing  risk factors and utilizing dietary and lifestyle factors associated with breast cancer prevention is worth keeping in mind.

Three key things are generally recommended to help reduce your breast cancer odds: exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol.

Here are some of the other factors that have been proven to help reduce breast cancer risk.

Having a higher ratio of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA+DHA to omega-6 fatty acids (the omega-3:omege-6 ratio)

Alpha-linolenic acid, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are an abundant sources of anticancer compounds known as lignans.

Studies have shown that increasing the intake of vegetables from the cabbage family or taking I3C or DIM as a dietary supplement  increases the conversion of estrogen from cancer-producing forms to non-toxic breakdown products.

Studies have suggested that breast cancer rates are lower in Japan in part because people there typically drink about 3 cups of green tea daily.

Engage in regular in exercise.

Obesity is perhaps the most significant dietary factor as it carries with it at least a 30 percent increased risk for developing breast cancer.

Reduce or avoiding alcohol consumption.