Do you know someone who has been affected by breast cancer? If you do, it’s not surprising because it’s the most common cancer in Canadian women. In fact, one in nine Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. But what you might not know is that one third of breast cancers are preventable.
Contrary to popular belief, less than 10% of breast cancers are linked to family history. Most breast cancers are due to a combination of other factors and your risk can be greatly reduced with a few positive lifestyle changes. So what can you do? Go online and create your own (free) breast health plan by answering a few simple questions such as how often you exercise, smoke, drink and make health-conscious food decisions.
It automatically generates a personalized breast health plan which will give you an honest summary of what you can change in your lifestyle to reduce your risk of breast cancer. The new online tool was created by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to help promote prevention and early detection.
Depending on your answers, the breast health plan may recommend alternative options when it comes to food, make-up and personal care products to reduce your exposure to chemicals in our environment and everyday products. Answers to the fitness questions may mean your personalized breast health plan recommends you walk at least 30 minutes a day or exercise more regularly.
Whether they are big or small, gradual lifestyle changes can benefit you. As part of the #OneNewThing campaign, CBCF is urging Canadian women to get out of your comfort zone and try new things to help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Have you always wanted to run a marathon? Or perhaps been hesitant to try Kale? Challenge yourself and find your #OneNewThing then inspire others to do the same by sharing it on the website or using #OneNewThing on Twitter.
It doesn’t have to be something daring or earth-shattering. But now is the time to try something new. Small lifestyle changes can have a big impact on our health and the lives of those around us. As moms, we invest so much time into caring for our families and their futures. With so many people depending on us, don’t you think it’s time we try #OneNewThing and invest time into taking care of ourselves?
This post is brought to you by The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.