October 17 2012

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women, but the 88 per cent survival rate among those diagnosed does give hope. While there are certain risk factors we can’t change, such as genetics, research shows these four simple lifestyle changes help minimise risk factors, aid in breast cancer prevention and lead to healthier, happier you.

Eat well: French research found that women with a diet high in trans fats are 75 per cent more likely to develop breast cancer than women who eat less fat.

Sweat: In one study, women who ran, swam or did some other vigorous activity two or more times a week were found to have a 14 per cent lower risk of breast cancer than more sedentary women.

Go easy on the booze: A glass of red a day may increase your chances of developing breast cancer by 10 per cent. Have two drinks a day and the risk jumps to 20 per cent.

Use less plastic: Research suggests that all plastics may leach chemicals if they’re heated or scratched. At certain exposure levels, some chemicals in the plastic, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may cause cancer.