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7 Ways to Love Your TaTas!

1. Know the Stats

  • 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • 85% of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women with no prior family history.

  • 12.8% of women will be diagnosed during lifetime

  • >331,000 new cases anticipated per year.

Breast cancer makes up 30% of all new cancer cases among women

41,760 women are expected to die from breast cancer this year 3,477,866 women are living with breast cancer in the United States. 93% of women with early breast cancer diagnosis survive beyond 5 years.

2. Know Your Breast Cancer Risk Factors:

  • The number 1 risk factor is being a woman!

  • Never having biological children or having a first child after age 35

  • Not breastfeeding

  • Breast tissue that is high density

  • Alcohol use

  • Ashkenazi Jewish heritage

  • Being overweight (or weight gain after menopause)

  • Ductal carcinoma in situ

  • Current or recent use of birth control pills

  • Current or recent use of menopausal hormones

  • Family history of breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer

  • Getting older

  • Lack of exercise

3. Know that Disparities Exist

For African American women, the age and severity of breast cancer at the time of diagnosis and risk of dying are significantly higher than among white women in the United States. For example, African American women are over 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Here are a few other key disparities:

4. Know How to Eat

Foods to incorporate:

  • Leafy green vegetables

  • Citrus fruits

  • Berries

  • Fermented foods

  • Allium vegetables (ex. garlic, onions, and leeks)

  • Cruciferous vegetables

  • Beans

  • Herbs and spices (ex. parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, turmeric, curry, and ginger)

Foods to avoid:

  • Sugary beverages

  • Processed meats

  • Fast food

  • Fried foods

  • Refined carbohydrates

  • Alcohol

5. Know How to Take Care of Your Body

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Exercise regularly

  • Limit alcohol intake

  • Limit menopausal hormone use

  • Breastfeed when possible

6. Know Your Normal

7. Know When to Get Your Screening

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