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How to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in American women. The average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12% (American Cancer Society, 2019). This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease.

  1. Don’t smoke. Smokers have a 1/3 higher chance of developing breast cancer.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. As your Body Mass Index (BMI) increases, your risk of breast cancer does as well.
  3. Exercise regularly!
  4. Reduce alcohol consumption. Women who drink 2 or more drinks per day are 40% more likely to develop breast cancer.
  5. Include fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains in your diet, and minimize protein foods that are rich in saturated fats (i.e. red meat).

Read more tips in this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/well/live/how-to-lower-breast-cancer-risk.html

Psychological Stress and Cancer

When diagnosed with cancer, people may experience high levels of stress. Psychological stress is what people feel when they face mental, physical, or emotional pressure. Although it is normal for people living with cancer to experience some psychological stress, constant stress or high levels of it can develop into mental and/or physical health problems over time. These health problems can include digestive issues, fertility problems, a weakened immune system, anxiety, and depression.

This stress can be caused by routine events, like daily responsibilities, as well as unusual events, such as being diagnosed with cancer. Because of the uncertainty that often comes with being diagnosed with cancer, people can feel out of control of their life and become distressed. This consequently reduces their quality of life.

To deal with the stress of cancer, people learn effective coping strategies, such as stress management techniques. These strategies have been shown to lower levels of depression, anxiety and other symptoms related to cancer and its treatment. Emotional and social support are especially important in helping patients learn to manage their psychological stress. Some approaches can include social group support, meditation, relaxation, counseling, medication, and exercise.

Click here to learn more about psychological stress and cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/feelings/stress-fact-sheet

Laughter: Best Medicine & Best Exercise

Are you feeling like you could use a little self-nourishment?

Gearing up for the Holidays and anticipating the busyness of the season? Come join us for an evening of self-care, self-nourishment and fun with Debbie Lyn Toomey who will help us all to enjoy ourselves through Laughter Yoga®!! Laughter is a wonderful way to naturally de-stress and heal our minds and bodies. Recent research has supported the power of laughter to help with stress, heart health, weight loss, relaxation, socialization and so much more.
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By joining us for this “Laughter Yoga®” class, not only will we learn about the benefits of laughing for our health but Debbie will lead us through 40 minutes of these exercises so that we can experience for ourselves their beneficial effects. You can leave the night feeling refreshed, reenergized and more ready for your week and the Holidays!

This class will be done sitting or standing. Bring an open mind and water and wear comfortable clothes. There will be extra water available and healthy snacks.
Laughter: Best Medicine & Best Exercise
November 15, 2016 7-8:15 PM
Wellesley Community Center, Henderson Hall
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