Steven G Pratt M.D., FACS, ABIHM
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Ten Tips For Breast Cancer Prevention.
- Have a yearly mammogram starting at age forty and a clinical breast exam every year as well. Start breast self exams at the age of twenty
- If you are planning on having children, speak with your health care professional about strategies to keep your weight under control durning the pregnancy. Breast feed for six to twelve months to help ensure a lifetime of SuperHealth for your child and help decrease your risk of breast cancer.
- Avoid alcohol if you have a family history of breast cancer. If you don’t, then you should have no more than three drinks per week.
- Choose healthy fats such as: first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, fat from nuts and seeds, avocados, whole grains and wild alaskan salmon.
- Watch your weight and waistline.
- Be physically active.
- Eat plenty of vegetables.
- Make sure you are not deficient in Vitamin D. Talk to your physician about a blood test.
- Find a way to enjoy 10-15 grams of soy protein from whole foods such as, soy, soy milk, tofu, edamame and soy nuts, per day. (breast cancer survivors should check with their health care professionals) Also enjoy legumes. (lentils, chickpeas, black beans, green pees and pinto beans.
- Consume plenty of fiber from whole fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, and brown rice. Avoid refined grains.