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Medication and Lifestyle May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer has a high recovery rate if detected early, but of course, nobody wants to be diagnosed with breast cancer. There are two drugs used to treat breast cancer that can also help to prevent the disease.

One drug prevents the activity of estrogen in the selective cell while the other cuts down the number of circulating estrogens that enhance the development of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer. The first class of drugs consists of raloxifene and tamoxifen drugs. The second class has letrozole, anastrozole, and exemestane drugs. 

Mammograph is efficient in discovering breast cancer in its initial stages. Shockingly, 1 in 8 women receive a breast cancer diagnosis. But only a few women take advantage of lifestyle changes that can lower the risk of breast cancer.

Some lifestyle measures to watch out for include:

  1. Consumption of alcohol increases the risk of a woman getting breast cancer. Moderate drinking reduces the rate of cardiovascular disease, so you need to weigh the health benefit of alcohol against the risk of health.
  2. Focus on plant-based food such as whole grains, fruits, nuts, canola oil, beans, vegetables, etc.
  3. Overweight is dangerous,primarily if the cancer-promoting cells feed on the excess body fat. But, both physical activity and a healthy diet help to reduce weight and to protect against breast cancer.
  4. Talk to your physician on to use hormone therapy against symptoms of menopause safely.

Why women do not embrace lifestyle changes:

  • There is conflicting information on the risk factors for breast cancer
  • Doctors rarely explain the need for breast cancer prevention and the measures that women can take to prevent themselves from being diagnosed with the disease
  • Physicians devote negligible time in assessing a woman’s risk of breast cancer

Women who have had precancerous findings or have a family history of the disease should embrace preventive drug therapy and lifestyle modifications.

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