Each October brings pink ribbons and fund-raising for breast cancer research. These 50 expert-approved habits may help reduce your risk year round.

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Extinguish inflammation

 Experts believe that inflammation may be the smoking gun for many diseases—including breast cancer.” Avoid high inflammation foods like gluten and carbohydrates,” says  Dr. Tran Vuong Thao Nghi, I specialization in Medical and Radiation Oncology(Senior Oncologist, City International Hospital.)

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Sprinkle some flaxseeds on your cereal

 Ground flaxseeds may be an anti-estrogen and anti-cancer agent, Expert says. “Add some to your smoothie or yogurt daily.”

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Quit smoking

 Smoking is a risk factor for breast cancer, along with countless other cancers and diseases. If you do smoke, quit. Quitting is your only option to reduce this risk. Find out what oncologists do to reduce their cancer risk.

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Go easy with HRT

 Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was once widely prescribed to women to alleviate the vexing symptoms of menopause, but when a major trial was stopped early due to the increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, blood clots, and heart disease among HRT users, the therapy’s use declined dramatically. “Try to avoid HRT, and if you do need it, take the lowest dose possible for the shortest amount of time possible,”  Dr. Tran Vuong Thao Nghi, Senior Oncologist advises.


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Do all that you can

 If you have a family history of breast cancer, have had an abnormal breast biopsy or history of radiation exposure to your chest, you are considered high risk for cancer. “Seeing your physician to calculate your risk may be beneficial as there are medications including tamoxifen and raloxifene that are available and can lower risk of breast cancer in certain high-risk groups,”  Dr. Tran Vuong Thao Nghi, Senior Oncologist says. Your doctor can let you know if you are a good candidate for these risk-reducing drugs.


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Choose salmon over steak

 Salmon is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and in addition to other health benefits, this fatty fish may also lower risk for breast cancer. South Korean researchers report that women who ate the most servings of fatty fish in the study had the lowest risk for breast cancer. Their findings appear in BMC Cancer. 


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Women Breast Cancer Support Charity Concept

 Each year, thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer. They may feel scared and alone. Consider learning caring ways to support a co-worker who has breast cancer.


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Go natural

 You may want to cancel your next salon appointment after reading this: Black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women, according to a study of more than 4,000 women. The study can’t say for sure that these hair treatments cause breast cancer, but it did find a strong correlation. The findings are published in Carcinogenesis.


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Avoid hormones in food

 Hormones feed certain breast cancers,  Dr. Tran Vuong Thao Nghi, I specialization in Medical and Radiation Oncology says. “Meats should be lean, grass-fed, minus antibiotics or hormones, and butter should come from grass-fed animals and without antibiotics or hormones.”

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Think about your breast health all year

 Yes, it’s great that we have an entire month devoted to raising awareness about breast cancer, but it’s important to take care of your breasts all year round. This includes scheduling (and keeping) your annual visit with your gynecologist, being on the lookout for signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and making healthy choices every single day, Dr. Tran Vuong Thao Nghi, I specialization in Medical and Radiation Oncology says,

 It’s important to check your breasts regularly because the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. It doesn’t matter when you check your breasts, as long as you check them regularly. 

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