Does Lifestyle Affect Breast Cancer?

Did you know that Breast Cancer is Singapore’s #1 Cancer amongst women? This October, with Breast Cancer Awareness month happening, we wanted to address a question that many patients ask —what should I do to lower my risk of Breast Cancer?

Often, a healthy lifestyle is key to lowering your chances of getting Breast Cancer. That includes taking care of the whole body with a healthy lifestyle, which consists of three main parts: diet, exercise and stress reduction.

What exactly is part of a healthy diet?

Watch the video above, which sheds lights on how having fruits and vegetables is important, with a special focus on including a wide variety in your meals. Having a wide variety means consuming a mix of different-coloured fruits and vegetables. Nuts are also a great addition to add into our diet, and it’s something we can incorporate with our increased-intake of fruits and vegetables. 

On the flip side, it is suggested that we reduce meats, both red and white, as we often consume more meat than required. The maximum amount of meat to take everyday is about the size of the palm of one’s hand.

The next step to a healthy lifestyle is exercise and stress reduction

It’s recommended for you to exercise for 30 minutes, 3 times a week. There is no recommended sport and you can do any sport that you enjoy. Some popular sports such as yoga and pilates are great for those looking to try something new. Exercising helps to keep your weight down and it also helps relieve stress, especially after a day of work.

In this fast-moving world, it can feel overwhelming and stressful at times. This can lead to feeling unwell and falling ill. Fortunately, exercise is not the only thing that can help relieve stress. Social activities such as hanging out with friends, being around loved ones or even meditation can help put that balance back and reduce the risk of breast cancer.

*Content is republished with permission from The Breast Clinic.

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