Positive lifestyle changes

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CHANGING lifestyle habits, in­creas­ing work pres­sure and stress lev­els have left mod­ern­day in­di­vid­u­als with no time to pay heed to their health. One dis­ease that seems to be emerg­ing be­cause of ir­reg­u­lar lifestyle is breast can­cer. So keep a check on your habits.

Me­her Pa­tel, the di­rec­tor at DIVA, Cen­tre for Breast Care (part­ner with cos­metic brand AVON’s #PayAt­ten­tion cam­paign rais­ing aware­ness on breast can­cer), says:

Lack of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity: One of the main rea­sons is that ex­cess weight causes the body to pro­duce and cir­cu­late more oe­stro­gen and in­sulin, hor­mones that can stim­u­late can­cer growth. It is cru­cial to keep your body fit at ev­ery stage of life us­ing all body parts to sweat out in­tox­i­cants that one con­sumes in a pol­luted, fast-paced world.

Al­co­hol and smok­ing: The more drinks you down on week­ends, or pack­ets of cig­a­rettes you smoke, the big­ger your at risk of breast can­cer.

Long night-shifts at work: A sur­vey of 300 women – some of whom worked at night, some of whom didn’t – found those who’d worked nights for 30 or more years were twice as likely to de­velop the dis­ease.

Renuka Prasad- Joint Sec­re­tary (Hon) at In­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety too shares what can lead to this dis­ease.

Hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy (HRT) and con­tra­cep­tive pills: Med­i­cal im­pro­vi­sa­tions you don’t need! Avoid us­ing the pop­u­lar HRT or con­tra­cep­tion tablets to ab­nor­mally treat menopausal symp­toms and un­wanted preg­nancy. Over­weight: Pil­ing on weight in adult­hood (af­ter 18) or be­ing over­weight af­ter menopause can lead to breast can­cer. Other causes: Avoid ex­cess de­odor­ant use, un­der­wired bras, bump­ing/bruis­ing of breast im­plants.


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