Breast Health 101

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I want to take a moment to share some knowledge. Knowing the risk factors, some symptoms to look out for and foods that could help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer is a great place to start. I go into much more detail in my latest Fit Over 50: Your Best Body Now magazine, but here are just a few things you should know.

  • Risk Factors - There are a slew of risk factors that influence a persons likelihood of developing breast cancer and age is one of them. After the age of 40 your rates begin to increase, and reach a peak at the age of 70. It is essential to get those yearly exams and complete at-home checks, especially between these ages!

  • Symptoms - We have all heard the common symptoms, like sudden lumps or change in skin texture. While these are something we should all look out for, my biggest tip is to know your body and what is normal for you. If something seems off, get it checked out. It's best to always trust your gut!!

  • Lower Your Risk - Did you know that what you eat can actually help play a role in reducing your risk of breast cancer? Try adding oils with monounsaturated fats to your regimen, my favorite is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it's my go-to when cooking!

Breast cancer affects so many of us. I remember all too well the day I received a phone call from my niece after her diagnoses. Let's all do what we can do prevent breast cancer and stand by and comfort those that are going through it. Stay strong and keep a positive attitude. 

Let's live FIT, HAPPY and HEALTHY - together!!