It's never too early to wage a war against breast cancer — even in your 20s. One of the easiest ways you can do this is by eating cancer-fighting foods, like the ones we share with you in this video. Keep watching to find out which foods you should stock up on during your next trip to the supermarket.
Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings and her best friend, photographer Rodene Jones, first met as teenagers. Like any close, longtime friends, the two have weathered their share of successes and setbacks together in the years since — but nothing prepared them for Rodene's breast-cancer diagnosis last year at age 31. After Rodene's fiancé noticed a lump underneath her breast, Rodene not only learned she had triple-negative cancer, but she also tested positive for BRCA1; that gene greatly increases the likelihood of contracting breast and ovarian cancers. Rodene quickly began a grueling treatment process that would transform not only her own life but the lives of the people who love her.
On the latest episode of In Her World, we sit down with Kat and Rodene for a surprisingly honest, candid talk about the realities of facing cancer, the transformative power of friendship, and what every young woman needs to know — and do — about taking control of her health. Brought to you by Ford Warriors in Pink.
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In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're paying tribute to some of the celebrities who've fought the disease in a very public way. We applaud both the courage of these women and the efforts they have made in speaking out for the cause.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show our support for the cause, we've rounded up 10 of our favorite pink-ribbon fitness products. Help bring awareness to breast cancer by sporting one of these items during your next workout. It's not just about being pretty in pink, either — a percentage of the proceeds from each of these items will help fund breast-cancer-related research, support, and education.
If you want to lower your risk of breast cancer, eating less red meat and staying away from alcohol and cigarettes are all proven ways to lower your disease risk. But what you do put in your body can be just as important as what you don't.
Topping the list of foods you should be eating is courtesy of a recent study that shows that eating fatty fish can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer later in life by as much as 14 percent. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, analyzed data from over 800,000 participants and 20,000 cases of breast cancer and found that those whose diets were high in oily fish had a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Oily fish contains high levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are responsible for regulating blood vessel and immune system activity. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like mackerel, lake trout, tuna, and salmon are especially important for your health; they've already been linked to cancer and heart disease prevention. The study's researchers believe PUFAs in fish are the reason why some participants had a lower breast cancer risk, especially since the risk was lowest in participants from Asia, who are known for their seafood-heavy diets.
Types of omega-3 PUFAs are also found in flaxseeds, walnuts, and leafy green vegetables, so even if you don't like seafood, be sure you add omega-3-rich foods into your diet. Don't stop there — here are seven more foods that just may help lower your breast cancer risk.
There are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing breast cancer. And while the risk increases as we age, there are certain preventative measures every women should do, whether she's in her 20s or in her mammogram years, to help reduce her risk of getting the disease. Read on for 10 things every women should do to help prevent breast cancer.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing breast cancer because fat cells produce small amounts of estrogen, which can fuel some cancers.
- Check up on your family history. How many people in your family have had breast cancer? If you don't know, now's the time to check. Having close family members who developed breast cancer increases your risk as well since certain risk factors are genetic.
- Don't be a stranger to your girls. Self breast exams may not have been given a ringing endorsement from the medical community, but you should still be familiar with how your breasts feel and look so you'll notice any changes.
- Drink in moderation. While that glass of red is good for you, excessive alcohol drinking has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Stick to a one-a-day mantra if you want to reduce your risk.
- Keep exercising. Not only will working out help you maintain a healthy weight, exercising itself has been shown to reduce your risk of developing cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 60 minutes of exercise, five times a week.
Read on to find out five more things you should do right now to help prevent breast cancer.
With school busses and cooler breezes blowing by, instead of being depressed about Summer being over, revel in the fact that it's Fall! No more hot and humid workouts, plus a whole world of autumnal produce is at your fingertips. Since apples are in season, they usually get all the attention, but pears are in season too. The soft, sweet, buttery flesh of the pear makes this Fall fruit perfect for enjoying fresh or for using in healthy recipes, like these edamame and pear crostinis. Plus there are so many varieties to choose from — Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou — that they each seem like a different fruit. These juicy gems are pretty healthy for you, too.
- Pears are one of the highest fiber fruits, offering six grams per medium-sized fruit, helping you to meet your daily requirement of 25 to 30 grams. Filling up on fiber keeps you regular to prevent a bloated belly caused by constipation, which also helps prevent colon cancer. A diet high in fiber can also keep your cholesterol levels down, which is good news for your ticker. Getting your fill of fiber from fruit is also linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
- Pears contain a fair amount of vitamins C, K, B2, B3, and B6. For expecting or nursing moms, they also contain folate. Pears aren't too shabby in the mineral department either, containing calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Vitamin C and copper are antioxidant nutrients, so eating pears is good for your immune system, and may help prevent cancer.
- Pears also contain boron, which our bodies need in order to retain calcium, so this fruit can also be linked to prevention of osteoporosis.
- The hydroxycinnamic acid found in pears is also associated with preventing stomach and lung cancer.
- It's a hypoallergenic fruit which means those with food sensitivities can usually eat pears with no adverse effects.
- Eating three or more servings of fruits a day, such as pears, may also lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.
- Quercetin is another antioxidant found in the skin of pears. It helps prevent cancer and artery damage that can lead to heart problems, and a recent study at Cornell University found it may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease. So don't peel your pears!
Angelina Jolie's cancer scare and decision to have a preventive double mastectomy has started a nationwide discussion about the importance of women's health care and cancer prevention. Watch this video to find out what Angelina's genetic mutation means, if you're a candidate for genetic testing, and steps you can take to reduce your risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Today, Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed piece that she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery as a preventative measure. Because she inherited a certain "faulty" gene, her risk of breast or ovarian cancer — which her mother died from — was very high.
Mutations in these genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, are the most common cause of hereditary breast cancer, which tend to strike younger women. Angelina's risk, which she said was over 80 percent, is typical in many who carry one of these gene mutations. BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are also associated with a high risk of ovarian cancer.
Angelina's difficult decision is one many people who have a high hereditary risk of breast cancer make, since opting for preventative surgery can reduce your risk to much lower levels; post-mastectomy, Angelina says that her breast cancer risk is now under five percent. Last year, for example, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose spoke about her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after the pageant because of her high hereditary risk. In 2008, actress Christina Applegate opted for a double mastectomy, after being diagnosed with cancer in one breast, since testing found that she carried the BRCA1 mutation.
The only way to know if you carry these gene mutations is to get a specific blood test. There are certain patterns that make it more likely that you have these mutations, such as two first-degree relatives (like your mom, daughter, or sister) having breast cancer before age 50, a combination of first- and second-degree relatives (such as a grandmother or aunt) being diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer, a first-degree relative diagnosed with cancer in both breasts, or a male relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer. The patterns for those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, who have a higher risk of inheriting BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations, are different; get the risk pattern lists for everyone here. If an immediate family member is diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, they are often tested to see if they carry the gene; if they do, you can also undergo testing to see if you also have the mutation. Making the decision to see if you've inherited this gene mutation, and what to do about it, can be difficult; the National Cancer Institute suggests genetic counseling before and after your blood test to help you make the right decision for you and your family.
While you can't change your genetic risk for getting breast cancer, there are some lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk; read our list of 10 things you can do to help prevent breast cancer here.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when women around the globe get together to stand up for the cause. A-listers like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Miley Cyrus have taken the stage too, putting on their sneakers for charity walks or partying in pink.
You can get involved, too, whether it's cooking for the cause or by informing yourself and your loved ones about ways to prevent the disease. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, click through the pics of top celebs showing their support.