Can I Lower My Risk of Breast Cancer?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast cancer has affected millions of women worldwide, and chances are you or someone you know has been impacted by this disease. Here are some helpful tips that can help lower your risk: 

1. EAT MORE PLANTS - A recent Harvard study showed eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. The best vegetables to eat are leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, and red peppers. These all contain high levels of carotenoids, antioxidants shown to reduce cancer risk by up to 20%.

2. EXERCISE REGULARLY - Exercise is one of the most effective methods of preventing breast cancer. Active women are far less likely to be diagnosed with any form of cancer. Just :30 minutes of X28 Fitness each day shows fantastic results.

3. GET SCREENED -  The most important part of preventing breast cancer is to check yourself on a regular basis and get screened at least once a year. People at higher risk may choose to have screening done on a more regular basis.

4. FIND OUT FAMILY HISTORY - It’s important for women to know their family history. You may be at high risk of breast cancer if you have a mother or sister who developed breast or ovarian cancer (especially at an early age) or if you have multiple family members (including males) who developed breast, ovarian or prostate cancer. A doctor or genetic counselor can help you understand your family history of the disease.