1) Don’t wear underwire bras. The underwire may compress the lymphatic drainage of the breast. This is not supported by scientific studies, but there is suggestion that the two may be linked. With breast cancer cases escalating, why add to your risk? It is best to rarely wear an underwire bra and to avoid sleeping in your bra.
2) Sleep in pitch black. The hormone melatonin, released only while we sleep in pitch back, is a protective agent against breast cancer.
3) Eat two cups of broccoli each week – at a minimum! Broccoli contains indol-3 carbinol, a compound that promotes healthy estrogen balance in the body and protects breast cells.
4) Avoid excess alcohol. More than four servings of alcohol per week increases breast cancer risk. The risk is especially higher when several drinks are consumed at one time. When you do consume alcohol, red wine is your best choice because of its antioxidant properties. Limit your intake to one glass a day at a maximum of four days per week. Always follow your alcohol with a B-complex supplement high in folic acid. This will decrease the harmful effects of alcohol on the breast tissues.
5) Exercise. Women who exercise four hours per week have a significant reduction in the risk of breast cancer.
6) Avoid breast implants. They may increase your risk of breast cancer as well as inhibit detection of cancer cells.
7) Meditate. It decreases the stress hormone cortisol, increases the production of serotonin, the “feel good hormone” and improves immunity. For more information on meditation, see Zen and the Art of Meditation.
8) Cleanse your liver twice a year. Also take acidophilus supplements to aid healthy estrogen metabolism. The liver must break down estrogen and secrete its by-products of metabolism through the bile into the digestive tract. Replacing the healthy bacteria in the large intestine, also necessary for the proper breakdown of estrogen, further compliments this process of elimination.
9) Brush your skin. Improve lymphatic drainage by daily skin brushing and consider purchasing a rebounder.
10) Know the importance of self-breast exams – it could mean the difference between life and death.