Let’s Beat Breast Cancer: A Four-Pronged Approach to Protect Breast Health

Let’s Beat Breast Cancer: A Four-Pronged Approach to Protect Breast Health

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and renowned breast cancer surgeon Kristi Funk, MD are behind Let’s Beat Breast Cancer, a campaign backed by dozens of health care professionals, cancer survivors, and other advocates, including me!

Last year, I lent my support to the campaign by appearing in a breast cancer public service announcement that also features Jasmine C. Leyva (director of The Invisible Vegan), Mary Steenburgen,  Ted Danson, and Dr. Kristi Funk. This short video will help the Physicians Committee and Dr. Funk reach millions with an empowering, lifesaving message—we can protect our health and reduce our risk for breast cancer with a four-pronged approach:

  1. Choosing plant-based foods

  2. Exercising regularly

  3. Limiting alcohol

  4. Maintaining a healthy weight

Here’s how it works:

Plant-based foods are typically lower in calories and higher in fiber. That means they can help you feel full and nourished without causing weight gain. High-fiber plant foods can also help reduce estrogen levels, which can lower breast cancer risk.

Physical activity may help reduce risk in a number of ways, including strengthening your body’s immune defenses, which may help your body kill any cancer cells that do form.

Research also shows that drinking alcohol can increase breast cancer risk—even just one drink a day. Why? Alcohol can raise estrogen levels and damage DNA, the first step in the development of cancer.

Finally, research has shown that excess body weight is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer after menopause and can make cancer more likely to progress when it arises at any age. But no matter your shape or size, remember to be kind to yourself and your beautiful, powerful body!

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, what better time to build breast-healthy habits and re-commit to protecting your health? Join us and inspire others by pledging to follow these simple lifestyle steps for one month at LetsBeatBreastCancer.org. By taking the pledge, you’ll also be automatically entered to win prizes from Let’s Beat Breast Cancer partners, like Vitamix, Amy’s, Tofurky, and more.

Be sure to check out Dr. Funk’s website, Pink Lotus Power Up, too. It’s a free online social community focused on breast cancer. Members can access resources, create events and fundraisers, publish blog posts, partner with a “breast buddy,” buy and sell breast cancer-related goods, and join an exclusive community for women with breast cancer, and more.

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