After losing a friend recently to Breast Cancer, there is a flame under my ass to get healthy like it has never burned before. Those of us left behind are staring in to her pictures shaking our heads unsure how this could happen. We look at our lives and our children and it’s not too far to put yourself there, in her place, just hours after a diagnosis of breast cancer, kissing her family good-bye.
I still get a little choked up (read: bawl) when I think about that image. I don’t want anyone else to have that story. I don’t want another child to lose their mother or another friend to leave too soon. Ladies? I’m here to share with you five tips for preventing breast cancer, some you have heard and others you have not and while I’m talking let’s pretend I’m sitting on a show with The Juice touching the lives of millions. (I like to pretend, ok?)
1. Reduce your alcoholic consumption. Look, I know, I love a glass of wine or a vodka tonic or both on a bad day. But research is finding that women who drink more than one glass of alcohol are at a higher risk as your kidney works over time to process the alcohol and is less able to rid your body of excess estrogen.
2. Step away from the microwave. There is increasing research in the EMF (Electro Magnetic Fields) given off by electrical objects and the Microwave is the top offender. If you step just a few feet away from your food as it cooks, you drop the amount of radiation your body receives significantly. Breast tissue is especially vulnerable because of its location, so walk away from the microwave and prepare something else while waiting.
3. Exercise. Now, before you go, “NO DUH”, listen, moderate exercise is key here. If you go balls out for more than 7 hours a week, your body increases it’s oxidation level and isn’t as effective at clearing out toxins. So don’t feel bad if you’re only getting in a power walk. Your bewbs will thank you.
4. Don’t wear your bra as often. There’s not a definitive link yet, but doctors believe bras that block the lymph nodes of the breast prevent the natural cleansing of breast tissue.
5. Don’t cut fat completely out of your diet. Women with more OR less than around 20% of good fat in their diet are more at risk for breast cancer. Moderation and types of fats are key. See this list of how to properly add fat to your diet.
I’m hoping to continue on as I learn more in my quest to educate myself on breast cancer. As a granddaughter and as a friend who lost women to breast cancer, I refuse to live in denial any longer. I’ll be taking better care of my breasts and my body. I hope you join me.
—I’m currently reading the following—
Here I was feeling GUILTY about constantly walking around the house with no bra on, contributing to the sag that 3 children bequethed me. Now I know, I was keeping the sisters happy!
By Heather on 2009 06 15
Heather, I almost never wear my bra. I was wearing it when I read that statement. I took it off immediately. The girls appreciate it.
By Mrs. Flinger on 2009 06 15
WOW! Great info, here, Leslie!!
So sorry for your loss.
HUGS my friend.
By VDog on 2009 06 15
Great information Leslie! I think something else I’ve learned from Amy’s tragic loss is to never dismiss the smallest lump, no matter how young you are or what your doctor tells you. Get a second and third opinion until someone takes it seriously enough to biopsy it or take it out! Amy put her trust in the medical professionals who told her she was fine, and she suffered dearly for it, along with her friends and family.
Because of Amy’s tragic death, I will be so much more diligent with my self-exams… and if and when I find something suspicious, I’m going to remember Amy and honor her by doing everything in my power to survive.
By Paige on 2009 06 15
Thanks for this post. One of my BFF’s was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. It hits close to home and the risks are there for EVERYONE, regardless of age. My friend has been Breast Cancer free for 2 years.
By Amazing Greis on 2009 06 15
Thank you, Leslie.
By Maria on 2009 06 16
My boobs thank you!
By mysuestories on 2009 06 16
Sweet… Shirley Temples? Check. Getting distracted by a poopy diaper when nuking leftovers? Check. No bra like my grandmothers? Check - minus the housecoat though. Cook with real butter? Check. That darn exercise though… *sigh*
By Lanna on 2009 06 19