October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As October approaches, so does Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a month to celebrate, remember and honor the women and families who have battled and been battling breast cancer. Even though some women start battling their cancer after being diagnosed, we can start fighting breast cancer now. This month’s issue in Allure magazine has provided nutritional tips to stay healthy and combat breast cancer.

  • Tip One: Make sure to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. These provide nutrients that can prevent cellular damage.
  • Tip Two: Milk Up! There is a link between breast cancer and Vitamin D deficiency. Not only will milk help, but also any dairy products like cheese and yogurt.
  • Tip Three: Make things a little spicier by adding curcumin to your foods. Curcumin is an extract that is a member of the ginger family found in spices such as curry powder and turmeric.
  • Tip Four: As green tea has been known to help our bodies fight many other ailments, breast cancer is no different. The large amount of antioxidants makes this tea leaf a keeper!
  • Tip Five: Even though this month is shared with jack-o’-lanterns and candy corn, and orange is a color prominently shown, think red! Vegetables such as beets and red cabbage contain a compound called indole-3 carbinole, which reduces the risk of breast cancer. It has even been shown to prevent cervical cancer.

These healthy secrets can help ward off chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer. I urge you to learn the risk factors and make sure to perform a self-exam for any signs of change. After 40, see your doctor for an annual mammogram.

There are many Web sites where you can learn more information and how to help. Here are a few examples:

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