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Here's how to keep your breast healthy

Updated: Oct 15, 2016 11:48 IST

Washington D.C. [US], Oct. 15 (ANI): On the occasion of World Breast Health Day, Clovia brings to you, few tips to keep your breast healthy and nurtured.

It is all about exercise: Obesity increases the chances of cancer. The more fat cells your body has, the higher the level of estrogen is generated, which heightens the risk of cancer.

It is essential to have a healthy weight, not only to control the level of hormones, but also to keep high cholesterol at bay as that can cause cancer too.

Do exercises that stimulate lymph generation in the body. A good lymph flow helps toxins to flow out of the breast and out of the system.

Take healthy diet: Eat well balanced, natural and nutritious diet. Avoid junk food as much as you can. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables and reduce the intake of red meat.

Green leafy vegetables tend to be rich in carotenoids, natural pigments that often serve as antioxidants.

Go for yellow/orange fruits and vegetables that are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which reduces the possibility of breast cancer.

Avoid unhealthy habits: Quit smoking as it is not only injurious to lungs, but also harmful to the whole anatomy.

Smoking can lower metabolism, cause cellulite and make the skin age before time. Passive smoking is as harmful as active smoking. Avoid smoking and shun areas where others do.

Drink less alcohol and caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine intake can increase breast pain and tenderness.

The women, who consume more than two glasses of alcohol a day, are at higher risk of breast cancer than non-alcoholics.

Early to bed early to rise: Keeping up till late in the night suppresses melatonin levels due to greater exposure to light.

Research suggests melatonin may help regulate estrogen.

Self Examination: You are the best judge of your body. Do undertake self examination regularly especially if you are over 30 or have a family history of breast cancer.

Any change in the shape, size or skin texture can be an indication, along with lumps, discharges and rashes.

If you discover a lump, don't freak out or go into denial. Every lump is not cancerous.

Many a times, a new lump may be a cyst or fluid-filled sac caused due to hormonal fluctuations. Calm down and seek professional advice.

Going to a doctor can sometimes lead to early detection and improve the chances of cure. (ANI)