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Breast Cancer Prevention: The Choice is Yours

By Andrea Riggs Fitness & Health Editor | 5/31/2013, noon
The news of the Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie’s difficult decision to undergo double breast surgery earlier this year, raises awareness ...
Angelina Jolie

Once her breast cancer went into remission, Baaset used her growing knowledge of preventative health and natural healing to create the Atlanta-based Fruitgrass brand of blended juices.

A breast cancer diagnosis isn’t necessarily a death sentence. View it as a chance to alter your habits, become more aware, and live longer and stronger.

Andrea Riggs, is National Fitness & Wellness Expert and author of “Get Body Beautiful with Andrea Riggs– 30 Day Body Toning Plan,” now available at www.GetBodyBeautiful.com.  

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Did you know that for African American women…

Breast cancer is the most common cancer.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer of cancer death.

They are diagnosed with breast cancer less often, but the mortality rate is higher.

The fact that African American women tend to have factors that influence a poorer prognosis and higher mortality rate is closely linked to lifestyle ~ diet and exercise.

And with more than 78% of African American women overweight, we can’t ignore the relationship between physical activity and breast cancer.  There are over 60 studies published in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia indicating that physically active women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer.  The data shows a decreasing risk of breast cancer in women who adopt 30 to 60 minutes per day of moderate physical activity.

There are support groups for African American women, like Black Girls Run and National initiatives to encourage family and youth fitness like “Let’s Move,” to change the paradigm.

So as African Americans are faced with greater breast cancer risks, we have to make a pledge to being health conscience and embrace these proactive commitments:

GET SCREENED & SELF CHECK
 Schedule your routine mammograms and perform self-checks during your menstrual cycles.  Make sure to note any changes in tenderness or fluid from your breasts.

MANAGE YOUR WEIGHT
 Manage a healthy weight through 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise and healthy food choices to help reduce the risk of increased estrogen levels and body fat linked to breast cancer. 

REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
 Successful liver function maintains overall health, thus, reduce alcohol consumption and avoid processed foods to prevent organ distress and overload.

SUPPLEMENT YOUR DIET
 Support your daily nutritional intake with various vitamins, minerals and super food blends such as Fruitgrass, to complete your diet and support bodily functions to eliminate deficiencies.

KNOW YOUR HISTORY
 Staying aware of family health issues can guide you to appropriate screenings and keep you alert for changes triggering chronic illnesses.