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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:

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.

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A Cappella Defeating Cancer ACDC Concert – Nov. 16, 2018

The WCPP is thrilled to announce ACDC 2018, the second annual A Cappella Defeating Cancer benefit concert to raise awareness and program funding for The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.

What: A Cappella Defeating Cancer (ACDC-2)

The 2nd Annual a cappella concert to benefit the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (  Click here to read how The Wellesley Townsman reported on last year’s event (in November 2017).

When: Friday, November 16, 2018 (7 to 9 PM, including an intermission)

Where: Wellesley Village Church (United Church of Christ, Congregational)
2 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02482

The ACDC-2 concert will feature three of Boston’s coolest a cappella groups:

BroadBand is a Boston-area group (comprised of 15 women) dedicated to creating a beautiful harmonic blend and an engaging a cappella performance experience for our audiences. We choose arrangements that are snazzy, melodic, unique: we are harmony at a higher bandwidth!!

Similar Jones
Similar Jones is a high-energy vocal band, primarily rock and soul and influenced by elements of blues, funk, and jazz. Our repertoire consists of classic songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and today, and includes a growing number of original tunes. The Jones sound is marked by tight harmonies, intricate rhythms, innovative arrangements, and — most importantly — by a rock-solid groove.

The Works
Since 1994, The Works have performed for audiences ranging from a 3,000-person conference at Disney World; to intimate private parties, schools, fundraisers, festivals and corporate functions. A mixed octet (comprised of 4 women and 4 men) and member of the American A Cappella Alliance’s Spring Sing, The Works deliver a fun combo of eclectic repertoire and witty repartee that’s always sure to entertain!

Suggested contribution: $20/Adult, $5/Child under 13.
Cash or check at the door. Additional donations welcomed!

ALL profits from concert ticket/concession sales and sponsorships go directly to support WCCP education programs and events.

Spread the word: #ACDC2018

The Cause?
The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project is a 501(3) nonprofit focused on raising awareness for MetroWest residents on how lifestyle, diet and the environment contribute to the incidence of cancer and other health risks. Celebrating its 21th anniversary in 2018, the WCPP conducts public events & educational programs all year long (including yoga sessions, informational lectures, movie screenings, and the November concert).

More Info:
Patrick Rafter for The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project & The Works or 617-901-2697 and