Everyone needs a little help now and then, correct? This true when it comes to helping your partner take prevention measures to avoid breast cancer
. If you both are on the same page, you're much more likely to be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise regimen.
Why You Should Be Concerned
The statistics tell the story. The American Cancer
Society estimates that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and the disease in the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide. More sobering is this: Recent studies suggest that many women are not following recommended guidelines for mammography screening by having their first screening later than recommended, not having one at recommended intervals or not receiving follow-up of positive screening results. This may lead to more advanced tumor size and stage at diagnosis, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
What You Can Do
Here are some tips for helping your partner stay breast-cancer free:
- Stress diet. Weight gain has been shown to significantly increase breast cancer risk.
- Try to push the fruits and vegetables. These are the superstars of breast cancer prevention.
- Avoid or cut back on alcohol. The ACS cites alcohol use as one of the major risk factors for breast cancer.
- Exercise with your partner, and make it a lifelong commitment.
- Take a multivitamin. It's good for both of you.
- Be observant. Your partner might recognize change in her breasts, such as size or shape, skin changes including rashes or redness, or abnormal changes such as lumps or discharge from the nipples.
- Think positively. A good mental outlook will help with your relationships, your family and your life.