One out of every eight women will find that the lump in her breast is not fibrocystic breast disease – it’s cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
But you can fight back against this dreaded disease and keep it from adding you to the growing death statistics. Here are steps that you can practice to help avoid breast cancer:
Use olive oil. Harvard researchers found that women who use olive oil more than once a day lower their breast cancer risk by one-fourth.
Exercise. You can lower your risk of breast cancer by 60 per cent if you exercise regularly. An extra 20 pounds can increase your breast cancer risk by more than 50 percent.
Regular self-monitoring. One of the best ways to keep breast cancer from ravaging your body is to examine your breasts monthly, especially if you have fibrocystic breast disease.
See doctor regularly. You should have a breast exam every three years between the ages of 20 and 40. After age 40, schedule an exam every year. The American Cancer Society also recommends you get your first mammogram between the ages of 35 and 39, then schedule one every year after age 40.
Take an aspirin. Research finds that NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cut your risk of breast cancer. Women who took aspirin or ibuprofen at least three times a week for five years cut their risk of developing breast cancer by one-third.