Beneficial BasilOctober 23, 2017
Basil and Chilli Prawns with Zucchini SpiralsNovember 17, 2017
October is the Nationally recognised Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast cancer as you know occurs in both females and males. Statistics show that in 2017 approximately 144 men and 17586 women within Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetic, environmental and lifestyle risk factors can all contribute to breast cancer. How many people do you know directly affected by breast bancer? I personally know many beautiful ladies affected.
We can only change our lifestyle choices, it is estimated that changes to exercise and eating habits could prevent 25 to 30 percent of cases of breast cancer.
Some Lifestyle Risk Factors include:
- Being Overweight or Obese: Being overweight or obese is a known risk factor for breast cancer.
- Lack of Physical Activity: A sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity can increase your risk for breast cancer.
- Poor Diet: A diet high in saturated fat and lacking fruits and vegetables can increase your risk for breast cancer.
- Drinking Alcohol: Frequent consumption of alcohol can increase your risk for breast cancer. The more alcohol you consume, the greater the risk.
For overall health and to help reduce to risks of breast cancer our diets should include:
- a wide variety of colourful fruits and vegetables
- foods rich in fibre, such as whole grains, beans, and legumes
- low-fat milk and dairy products
- soybean-based products
- spices and herbs with anti-inflammatory properties
- dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli
- tomatoes, carrots, eggplant, capsicum
- citrus fruit, apples, pears, peaches, strawberries
And most importantly don’t forget to do regular breast checks, if you are unsure how to check or not sure what you are looking or feeling for make an appointment with your GP.