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Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention

Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention!

 

The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 12% of women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. The vast majority of these cancers will result at least in part from environmental factors. This is actually good news, as it means that there are choices that women can make that will help to prevent their chance of developing this serious and life-threatening condition.

 

 

General breast cancer prevention tips

 

The application of the basic principles of maintaining good health can help all women to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. These principles include exercising daily and maintaining a healthy body weight. It’s also best to avoid smoking entirely and to limit alcohol intake.

 

All women should also strive to get adequate levels of vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the human body can synthesize it from sunlight. Recent research has suggested that 75% of all new breast cancer cases could be prevented if women simply maintained their vitamin D levels in the optimal range.

 

 

Minimizing the risk of getting breast cancer

 

Some important preventative measures against breast cancer can only be taken by a woman at certain points in her life. For example, younger women should be sure to breastfeed their babies for as long as circumstances permit. Ideally, during a woman’s lifetime she should include at least twelve months of the activity in order to help reduce breast cancer risks.

 

Women long past their childbearing years can also make choices that limit their chances of developing breast cancer. One of the most important is to avoid the hormone replacement therapy that is commonly prescribed for women after the start of the menopause. The hormone progesterone should be particularly avoided. If hormone therapy is necessary, it should be limited to a period of three years.

 

Another way to minimize risk is to buy Evista, a prescription drug that is used in post-menopausal women to reduce their chance of developing invasive forms of breast cancer.

 

 

Breast cancer prevention foods

 

Eating a wholesome diet rich in breast cancer prevention foods is another sensible lifestyle choice. Many kinds of fruits and vegetables offer a bountiful supply of the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and anti-oxidants that can help prevent cancer. In fact, studies have shown that women who consume vegetables in abundance can reduce their breast cancer risk by more than 35%.

 

In general, the fruits and vegetables that offer the most anti-cancer nutrients are those that are deeply or brilliantly colored. Romaine is a better lettuce choice than iceberg, for example, because it is more densely packed with nutrition. This kind of diet can be thought of as “eating the rainbow.” Women should strive to include in their diet as many brightly colored foods as possible, from the dark blues and reds of fresh berries to the deep greens of kale, chard, and spinach.

 

Another useful cancer prevention food is the herb turmeric, which is commonly used in Indian cuisine and is usually sold in powdered foods. Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is able to block certain molecules associated with the aggressive spread of breast cancer cells. Other excellent anti-cancer foods include cabbage, garlic, mushrooms, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower.

 

While nothing in life is guaranteed, hopefully these breast cancer prevention tips can help some women to avoid developing this very unpleasant and potentially dangerous condition.

 

You may also be interested in our article: Restoring Your Skin, Hair, & Nails After Chemotherapy.

Cruciferous Vegetables: Green Crusaders for Breast Cancer and Healthy Skin

I recently read an interesting article about a cancer study that took place in China from 2002 to 2006.  The study showed signs that eating cruciferous vegetables had an apparently significant impact on breast cancer survival rates.  Interestingly enough, I also recently read an article that was sent to me by a friend, which touted the beneficial effects that these same cruciferous vegetables have on our skin.  As both breast cancer and living with healthy skin are things that I think most women have a natural tendency to worry and wonder about, I thought it might be helpful to post a bit that I found interesting in both pieces.

 

In the first case, the apparent link between breast cancer survivors staying healthy and eating cruciferous vegetables lies in the phytochemicals within these vegetables, called indoles and isothiocyanates.  Both of these elements, which are specific to these vegetables, have been widely researched and are generally thought to protect against some types of cancers.  The study showed that compared to those women who ate the lowest doses of cruciferous vegetables, those who ate the highest doses had a sixty-two percent reduced chance of both general mortality, and breast cancer induced mortality.  It also showed that these women had a thirty-five percent reduced chance of reoccurrence of breast cancer when compared against the same group.  With figures like these, it’s hard to ignore the beneficial punch that these vegetables can seemingly pack.  But they don’t stop there.

 

In the case of healthy skin, cruciferous vegetables often contain beneficial antioxidants including vitamins E and C, especially in broccoli and Brussels sprouts in particular.  These vitamins contribute not only to healthy skin but also to healthy hair and eyes as well.  In addition, cabbage contains beta-carotene, which aids in body tissue regrowth and has been shown to protect skin from sun damage.  Beta-carotene is also converted into vitamin A once inside our bodies, and is the most effective and safe way to get your necessary dose of this important vitamin.

 

If you’re anything like me, it’ll be hard not to think twice the next time you find yourself in the grocery store wondering what to pickup for dinner.  A wise action hero once said, “knowing is half the battle.”  In this case, with our lives and personal health at hand, it seems like a bit more than half.  I’m just glad I had the good fortune of finding this helpful information and could share it with you all here.

Kohl’s.com: Kohl’s Cares Dana Buchman Scarves, Watches, & Jewelry Only $3.49 Shipped (+ More!)

 

Through April 8th, Kohl’s.com has a promotion where each item ships for only $0.99.  That’s pretty great on it’s own but I found that they have their Dana Buchman Breast Cancer Awareness collection marked down to 50% off!  They have some very cute things on sale!!! Even though you can’t use the 20% off coupon code on the Kohl’s Cares items, 100% of the net profit will be donated to support the cause of fighting breast cancer.  100%!  How often do  you see that?

 

 

Here are a few of my favorite bargains:

travel mug

Kohl’s Cares Dana Buchman Travel Mug $3.49 shipped (reg. $5!)

 

Pink watch

Kohl’s Cares Dana Buchman Watch $3.49 shipped (reg. $5!)

 

snakeskin scarf

Kohl’s Cares Dana Buchman Scarf $3.49 shipped (reg. $5!)

 

Cosmetic bag

Kohl’s Cares Dana Buchman Embossed Cosmetic bag $5.99 shipped (reg $10!)

 

kohls umbrella

Kohl’s Cares Dana Buchman Snakeskin Umbrella $5.99 shipped (reg. $10!)

 

necklace

Kohl’s Cares Dana Buchman Rose Gold Tone Heart Necklace $3.49 shipped (reg. $5!)

 

See, I told you they were cute!  There’s a lot more too.  Several of these would make great Easter gifts for older kids.  I’m planning on stocking up on a few different items to give later as birthday and Christmas gifts!

 

Go to Kohls.com and click the Breast Cancer Awareness link to find your favorites, get a great deal, and make a donation to charity!

momAgenda Planners 50% off + Coupon Code


momAgenda - get organized with style

I LOVE momAgenda so I was thrilled when I saw that they are having a Flash Sale!  They have select items marked at 50% off!  For those of you not familiar, momAgenda is a great company that makes stylish planners and notebooks for busy moms.  I’m pretty excited about my latest purchase from them!

 

Here’s what I just bought:MomAgenda

2011-2012 momAgenda Mini-Daily – $21.50 (retail $41)
Optional name embossed on the front $4.95
Shipping $8.95
Mom rewards code mom18102 to take 10% off
Total out of pocket: $30.96
– 6% Cash Back for clicking through ShopAtHome
Final price: $29.10!!!

 

I couldn’t be happier!  I’ve never seen this good of a sale at momAgenda so if you’re interested you better act quickly.  This Flash Sale ends this Sunday, October 16, 2011!

 

Plus, if you buy momAgenda’s Pink Kitchen Folio $37.00 $18.50 with code AWARENESSMOM you’ll get an extra 20% off and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Breast Cancer Research!   Don’t forget to click through ShopAtHome to get 6% cash back.  This promotion ends Oct. 31, 2011.

Beauty for a Cause

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Nailwear Pro in Pink Power, $2.99, Avon.com (100% of net profit from this product ($2.27) is donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade)

Mary Kay Beauty That Counts

Mary Kay Give Hope, Give Joy and Give Dreams lipstick, $13, MaryKay.com ($1 from each sale goes to The Mary Kay Foundation in its efforts to end domestic violence) {I’m a consultant if you don’t currently have one. Contact me for more info & free shipping}

 

Sephora

Sephora Collection Color Flip Palette, $15, sephora.com ($1 from each sale goes to Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Bobbi Brown Breast Cancer Lip SetBobbi Brown “Pink Ribbon” Lip Set, $44, Nordstrom.com ($10 from each sales goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon

Estee Lauder’s Evelyn Lauder or Elizabeth Hurley Pink Ribbon Collection, $24, EsteeLauder.com ($4.80 from each sale goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Activia Selects Yogurt Parfait Review

Activia Selects French Yogurt

When I was offered to try one of Dannon’s new Activia Selects yogurt I jumped at the chance!  My family loves yogurt!  We like it a little frozen and slushy, frozen hard like a popsicle, and right out of the refrigerator too.   We can’t keep the stuff in the house!  While we occasionally stray to greek yogurt our brand of choice for several years now has been Act-iv-i-a! {I can’t help but want to say it like they do in the commercial}  I’m excited that Dannon has came out with their own Activia thick and creamy Greek yogurt.  Now there’s no need to buy any yogurt other than Activia!

I knew I would like the Greek yogurt so I decided to use my free coupon toward Activia’s new French style yogurt.  Oh my goodness!  I can’t tell you how much I liked it.  It had fruit on the bottom and it was heavenly!  All of the Activia Selects have fruit on the bottom and are larger than their regular size cups.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to try any other types of Activia because I think I’m addicted to the French Selects.  Seriously, if you like yogurt, you have got to try it!!!

Activia Selects YogurtOn top of revealing my new love and devotion to Activia I have some other news to share with you.  Some good news.  Your purchase of Activia will not only make for a yummy, nutritious, quick, and easy snack but it will also help the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Dannon has a campaign going right now called Cups of Hope.  During the campaign, every cup of Dannon yogurt that has a Cups of Hope logo on it will have a code on the bottom of the lid that can be redeemed online for a $0.20 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  So what are you waiting for?  Give Activia Selects a try today!

 

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Dannon ActiviaSelects Yogurt Series and received a coupon to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.”

Pink My Profile and Right@Home Donates $1

Pink Facebook Pic

Have you wondered what’s up with all the pink Facebook pages lately?  Well, Right@Home is to blame! : )  When you Pink My Profile on Facebook, Right@Home will donate $1.00 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (up to $100,000).  It’s optional to change your pink picture as your profile picture after you’re done but what a great way to announce Rigth@Home’s donation and help make that $100,0000 proposed donation a reality.

Help Pepperidge Farm Donate to Susan G. Komen

Milano_Moment

I am excited to share about Pepperidge Farm’s donation incentive supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure during the month of October.  Whenever someone posts a personal Milano Moment on Milano’s Facebook Page in October, Pepperidge Farm will donate $.50 per Moment up to $50,000.  You can click here to read about one of my favorite Milano Moments.

I’m hoping to share this message with you in hopes of maxing out Pepperidge Farm’s donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  This is yet another way to give a free donation!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. In posting this I am entered to win a small prize thanks to One2One. The opinions expressed are exclusively my own.

Help Yoplait and Kroger Donate $1 to Susan G. Komen Foundation

Yoplait Susan G Komen

When you “Like” the Sharing Courage Facebook page,and for every Facebook fan, Yoplait and Kroger will donate $1.00 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They are currently at $29,889 and their goal is to reach $150,000 by October 31.  After you “like” them you can help spread the word by clicking on “Invite your Friends” link under the pink goal box.  You can invite up to 16 friends at a time.  What a wonderful and simple way to give!