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Sep 25th, 2014

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Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

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Overall healthy living may reduce breast cancer risk

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, every three minutes one woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet when looking into the disease’s cause, only 5 to 10% of breast cancers are due to heredity, which means there is great hope for reducing your risk. The latest research points to promising prevention strategies.

Sunshine and vitamin D may be key

Study results by Dr. Julia A. Knight of the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, suggest that exposure to sunlight and dietary sources of vitamin D may be two of the best ways you can reduce your breast cancer risk.

Combining the right food with sunshine exposure can produce sufficient vitamin D levels in your body (1,000 IU per day). Here’s how:

  • Getting about 10 to 15 minutes two times per week in the sun without sunscreen and with exposed skin (face, arms, hands, or back) allows the sun’s rays to penetrate the skin and synthesize vitamin D.
  • Besides getting vitamin D from sunshine, you can also get it from specific foods—including butter, eggs, and vitamin D–fortified foods, such as milk, soy milk, orange juice, and cereals. Oily fish are an animal source of vitamin D3, such as salmon (wild caught is better for the environment), trout, tuna (not every day due to potential mercury levels), sardines, and mackerel.
  • Vitamin D supplements might also help, though research has not yet shown that this is as effective as sunlight and vitamin D gotten through food.

Live well and prosper

Overall healthy living may also reduce breast cancer risks.

  • Get moving—Exercise in the sunshine and outdoors if possible. Many magazines such as Self, Shape, and Yoga Journal offer exercise and outdoor adventure ideas.
  • Watch the waist—If you are overweight, look for low-calorie foods and drinks.
  • Kick the habit—Avoid second-hand smoke and use over-the-counter products to help you quit smoking, such as nicotine gums, inhalers, lozenges, nasal sprays, or patches.
Terra Wellington is a wellness lifestyle television personality, writer, and actor. She takes walks in the sunshine everyday and loves the outdoors.

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4 Responses to Sunny Suggestion for Breast Cancer Prevention

  1. Lily 17/12/2016 at 12:47 am

    I am truly uncertain about Row 4. Are there 2 SC next to each other? The pattern is reading NTDC & 2DC, Ch2, SC in space, Ch2, DC1-2hC-DC2, Ch2, SC in space. When the star-to-star loops around, there is a Ch 2, SC, Ch 2, SC, Ch2 that prevents the pattern from looking looking even across Row four. What am I doing wrong? Adorable shrug! I would love to make one!

  2. Lynda 17/12/2016 at 1:57 am

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  3. Moon 17/12/2016 at 2:01 am

    Så godt å høre at det går bra med din sønn!!..godt du ikke låste døra:))Flott hekling som alltid, men sannelig ser det priklete ut med serovetthildere, men skikkelig fine!Ha en god ferd mot september, klem fra mæ;)

  4. Ice 17/12/2016 at 2:16 am

    OMG! He’s feeding the squirrel! LOLI’ m glad you have 2 person team – Mikey goes to the course you go to the salon and get 2 sets of pics! Love itdf!noerwul job on this wedding. I love the guys in their hats – hysterical! And the girls in their nets? too much!!!LOL!

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