Breast Cancer prevention, Part 1 of 4

©Porcelaingirl on flickr‘An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure’

Some of you may have heard this old adage, and some may have not; but regardless it stands true for any aspect of life. Being proactive is always better than being reactive. It’ll make for a more stress free life, and who really wants stress anyway?

I have to admit that I didn’t go very far in researching this, but you can all blame CanadianLiving.com for that. They have an article that provided me with all the information I needed on preventing breast cancer.

1. Their first piece of advice is to stay active. Something that I’m not doing too well with right now. I started working out a couple of weeks ago but soon lost interest since our ancient equipment at home kept giving me a sore bum. But luckily for me, you don’t have to be an athlete to prevent breast cancer.

The article says that even moderate activities like carrying the laundry, walking briskly while grocery shopping, carrying groceries, etc., can be helpful in staying active. Anything that gets your heart rate up a little and makes you sweat a tad bit. Here is what I learnt from this pointer: fat cells produce estrogen, and estrogen is what is responsible for most breast cancers. Shocking1.

2. Their second tip goes hand in hand with the first one, and that’s maintaining a healthy weight. Crap. I checked it out recently, and I’m overweight for my frame, age and height by 15lbs2. I don’t have weight issues, I always eat as much as I’m hungry for and that will never change. I’m not going to starve myself just to get into clothes… but I obviously need to start obeying tip#1 to get tip#2 under control.

There’s something about this pointer that really scared me, CanadianLiving.com has said that women who gain over 20lbs of weight are more prone to postmenopausal breast cancer. I know, I know I don’t have to worry about that for a long time but that’s the whole idea of prevention – you worry about it now so you don’t have to worry about it later! I gotta get my butt in gear!

Now, since I don’t like writing super long posts like a Monkey we all know and love, I’m going to end this with these questions:

Did you learn something today? How active are you?

Image © Porcelaingirl° {enthusiastic foolish}

Footnotes:
  1. no really, I’m not being sarcastic![]
  2. 14.6, but who are we kidding, it’s basically 15[]

responses to “Breast Cancer prevention, Part 1 of 4” 9

  1. @Haley: Its always tough keeping the pounds from creeping on… especially when you have a desk job! Good luck to both of us to trying to change!

    @mspennylane: lol that reminds me I should really try and help out with the cleaning as well. I usually help with organising things (esp. after we go grocery shopping) but not necessarily with the cleaning.

  2. Yes I agree doing things round the house must be great exercise! I used to scrub the shower and be so hot and sweaty by the end of it!

    mspennylanes latest..Does Everyone Try to Discover Themselves?

  3. Good advice. I didn’t really realize that more body fat equals more estrogen.

    Even though I sit behind a desk all day, I try to stay active. I’m very diligent about getting to my scheduled workouts (except this weeked). But I can still use some work on the weight thing. Those pounds keep creeping on.

    I try to keep reminding myself that every day is an opportunity to change.

  4. @mspennylane: I don’t think its necessary to be slim to be healthy but just being active. I’ve started helping my Mum around the house and that should keep me ‘active’ enough. 🙂

  5. Oh and definitely don’t starve yourself or worry too much! Like you said you have time, and now you can keep track of things healthily at least 🙂

  6. Thanks for the tips, I didn’t realise that. Though in honesty, someone I know who currently has breast cancer is extremely slim, but she is also probably too slim for her height which must also be unhealthy. I really do not exercise much (even though I was blogging about those exercise classes, they don’t always leave me too puffed out). I think it would be great if we can start thinking about this at our age! I suppose its hard to get the motivation but hopefully these posts will help hehe

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