There will be over 300,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed this year.
The leading cause of breast cancer include the average American diet, inflammatory conditions, radiation, stress, and exposure to chemicals. These chemicals are sometimes referred to as “environmental endocrine disruptors”. The more women who follow preventative health measures, the more likely they can live cancer-free lives.
When your active treatment (i.e. surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy) has ended, your doctor may recommend a plan for follow-up tests and check-ups, and women will be counselled to follow a protocol.
Here’s what you can do to take care of yourself after cancer treatment.
Regular exercise increases your sense of well-being after cancer treatment and can speed your recovery. Survivors who exercise may experience:
Increased strength and endurance, fewer signs and symptoms of depression, sess anxiety and improved moved, reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and lower risk of cancer returning.
- Go Toxin-Free
Take a look at all of your skincare and personal care products. Do they contain water as an ingredient? Then there are definitely other chemical preservatives included inside to keep these products from spoiling – such as parabens, phthalates, fragrances, and more. These preservatives are linked to cancer and it is best to avoid them and switch to safe, water-free chemical free skin care products to help you continue to live cancer free. Skin care products that contain water contain always chemicals. And we know what chemicals can do to your skin and health.
- Eat A Balanced Diet
Your diet should include lots of organic fruits and vegetables, and high quality protein. This combination of foods will ensure that you’re eating plenty of the vitamins and nutrients you need to help make your body strong.
- Maintain A Healthy Weight
You may have gained or lost weight during your treatment. It is important to try to get your weight to a healthy level. Talk to your doctor about what a healthy weight is for you and the best way to go about achieving that goal weight.
- Rest Well
Sleep issues are most common in people with cancer, and even survivors. This can be due to the side effects from treatment, physical changes, stress or other reasons.
However, getting good rest is an important part of your recovery. Sleeping gives your mind and body time to rejuvenate. Getting good sleep can boost cognitive skills, improve hormone function and lower blood pressure. It will also just make you feel better in general.
- Reduce Stressors
As a cancer survivor, you may find that the physical, emotional and social effects have taken a toll on your psyche. Managing stress is essential, and using effective coping strategies to deal with stress can improve your quality of life by helping relieve depression, improve anxiety, and other symptoms related to your diagnosis and treatment.
It is important to do what you can and make lifestyle changes slowly. Easing into a healthy diet or regular exercise routine can make it more likely that you’ll stick with these changes for the rest of your life.