Fighting breast cancer

As you well know, diagnosis of cancer or even a suspicion of the disease causes a great deal of fear. You reflect on friends or family who died of cancer. How every TV show or movie featuring someone with cancer has that person dying at the end.

It doesn't have to be this way.

Doctors do their best, but it may not be enough. When doctors have not seen success with their treatments in this situation, they know what they have to offer is not going to work. This does not mean that you can’t survive Breast Cancer. You have to either supplement what your doctors have for you or go a different route entirely if they have nothing to offer. When discovered early, cancer is curable and therefore it is essential to have regular checkups with your doctor, more so if there is a history of cancer in your family. This way, if you have it, it can be discovered early, and you can begin your road to recovery.

Here are some ways to do a lot of good with a little – or a lot – of your time, your skills, and your voice in the fight against breast cancer.

Take charge of your health

Although there's no sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer, certain lifestyle habits are linked to a lower risk of it developing or returning.

  • Be physically active. Research shows that regular physical activity helps reduce your breast cancer risk. It also helps to keep your weight under control, which may also lower your risk.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Studies link a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products to a reduced breast cancer risk. A healthy diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight.
  • If you drink alcohol, limit how much you drink. Research has shown that women who have 2 or more alcoholic drinks daily have a higher risk of breast cancer than women who drink only one glass a day or not at all.

Volunteer your time

If you have survived breast cancer, you can train to become a volunteer who provides education and emotional support to other women – and men – facing a breast cancer diagnosis.