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Stress and Breast Cancer Risk

October 9, 2017

Mammograms aren’t the only way to safeguard yourself against breast cancer. Studies show that reducing stress can also be a contributing factor. A study from Ohio State University found that stress could spread breast cancer to other parts of the body.

If you are worried that your stress may increase your risk of breast cancer or worsen the effects of breast cancer, there are Mindful tips that may help. According to professionals from John Hopkins, there are certain steps that can reduce your risk of breast cancer, help with the side effects of breast cancer treatment, and lower stress.

Listed below are just three of their ideas.

  1. Invest in your emotional health. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s important to have a support group. Whether it’s people who share your diagnosis or loving family members, a support group can help you stay emotionally healthy. Even if you have not been diagnosed with breast cancer, a support group can help reduce your stress.
  2. Reconsider your diet. It’s a well-known fact that what you eat can impact your stress. Studies also show that certain nutrients can also help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Certain B vitamins reduce the risk of developing estrogen-related tumors. These vitamins can also reduce stress. So try eating more bananas, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash.
  3. Exercise more. If you are getting treatment for breast cancer, exercise can reduce fatigue, anxiety, and stress. Consider yoga, water aerobics, and dancing classes.
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