Ways to Prevent Estrogen-Positive Breast Cancer

Feb 14, 2024

Breast cancer affects millions of lives each year. Among its various subtypes, estrogen-positive breast cancer is one of the most common. 

Estrogen, a hormone present in both men and women, plays a crucial role in the development and functioning of the female reproductive system. However, an imbalance in estrogen levels can contribute to the development of breast cancer, particularly estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer.

While certain risk factors for breast cancer are beyond our control, there are proactive steps we take to prevent estrogen-positive breast cancer.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity is associated with increased estrogen production in the body. By adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet, you can maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of estrogen-positive breast cancer.

Regular Physical Activity

Exercise has numerous health benefits, including helping to regulate hormone levels. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week to support overall well-being.

Balanced Diet 

Incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, contain compounds that may help regulate estrogen metabolism. Additionally, limit the intake of processed foods, sugary beverages, and high-fat diets.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer, including estrogen-positive breast cancer. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation. An oncologist that I trust says no more than 3 drinks per week.

Regular Health Check-ups

Schedule regular screenings and health check-ups, including mammograms. Early detection can significantly improve the chances of successful treatment.

Genetic Counseling

If you have a family history of breast cancer or carry specific genetic mutations (such as BRCA1 or BRCA2), consider genetic counseling to assess your risk and discuss potential preventive measures.

While it's not possible to eliminate the risk of estrogen-positive breast cancer, taking charge of your health is key to preventing estrogen-positive breast cancer. 

Empower yourself with knowledge, and make informed choices. By taking these steps, you can contribute to a healthier, more resilient future.

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