By Femi Paseda
You do not have to be worried as a woman. However, you need to be able to take the necessary precautions to ensure that you are always healthy. Today we will be taking a look at a widespread topic that needs careful consideration known as breast cancer. Why is it so important? Because breast cancer is the leading cancer killer in Nigeria and women need to understand what we are dealing with and how to prevent it. Before going any further, what are the signs of breast cancer? Let’s take a look at them:
- New lump in the breast
- Pain in any part of the breast
- Irritation of breast skin
- Change in the shape of the breast
- Swelling in a part of the breast
If you notice any of these symptoms, you need to make sure that you go and see your physician to be sure that it is the case or not.
Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer
Here are the ways to prevent breast cancer:
Keep your weight in check
Keeping your weight in check is important not just for women who want to prevent breast cancer but for everyone who wants to remain healthy. Being overweight increases the chances of breast cancer. So, if you have always neglected the need to lose weight, please register in a gym or check out some of our home fitness tips today.
Try to be Physically Active
Exercise and overall physical fitness are two of the best ways to prevent breast cancer. Regular exercise of no less than 30 minutes daily can help you keep your weight in check and prevent the growth of cancerous cells in the breast. So, before you wake up in the morning, eat and drive to your office, try a certain exercise and watch your health improve exponentially.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables and Avoid Alcohol as Much as Possible
Another thing that really reduces your risk of breast cancer is the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and natural and healthy diet choices you need to embrace while staying away from alcohol. This way, your body has enough nutrients and does not need to fight off the effect of taking alcohol.
Breastfeed (if you have a baby)
Breastfeeding reduces your chances of developing breast cancer, especially because it prevents you from experiencing clogged breast ducts which could actually be something else. If your baby does not love to breastfeed, you can make use of breast pumps to take out excessive breast milk.
Do Not Smoke
If you want to reduce your chances of breast cancer, you need to avoid smoking. If you have been smoking before, you need to stop smoking altogether. Aside from your lungs, your breast is also greatly affected by the effects of smoking, causing the growth of cancerous cells.
The prevalence of breast cancer is getting higher in Nigeria, and women need to take charge and make healthy choices. Breast cancer is a really serious business, and you need to make sure you do everything you can to ensure that you live healthy, not just for yourself but for your loved ones as well.