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4 Ways Older Women Can Reduce Their Breast Cancer Risk

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In 2011, approximately 43 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer were over age 65. The risks for developing breast cancer increase with age, but there are a few measures elderly women can take to stave off the condition. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of senior care in Naples, offers a few tips to help your senior loved one prevent breast cancer and boost her overall health. 

1. Eat Vegetables and Fruits

The phytochemicals found in fruits and vegetables can help fight off breast cancer. If your loved one consumes vegetables and fruits in their raw form on a regular basis, her risk of developing breast cancer can be greatly reduced. Heating up these foods destroys most of the phytochemicals. 

Some fruits and vegetables that can help prevent breast cancer include:

• Dark leafy greens (spinach, collards, and kale)
• Citrus fruits
• Berries
• Cherries 
• Carrots
• Tomatoes 
• Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts) 

2. Avoid Alcohol

Levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with breast cancer can spike due to alcohol consumption, and alcohol also damages cell DNA, which further increases the risk of breast cancer. Drinking even two cups of wine, beer, or other alcoholic beverages a day can put your loved one in danger of developing this disease. 

3. Stay Physically Active

Exercising can help your loved one maintain a healthy weight, which reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. Being active helps control hormone levels, including estrogen, which fuels the development of breast cancer. The ideal exercise regimen for senior women involves moderate aerobic activity or walking exercises at least three days per week. 

4. Quit Smoking

The carcinogens found in tobacco smoke pass through the alveolar membrane and into the bloodstream, with the possibility of being transported into the breast through plasma lipoproteins. If this situation occurs, your senior loved one’s risk of breast cancer may increase. To prevent breast cancer, your loved one will need to stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke as well.

Many of the lifestyle changes your loved one makes to reduce her risk of breast cancer can be made easier with the support of a professional caregiver. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are available around the clock to assist with meal prep, exercise, transportation, and many other tasks. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Naples seniors can rely on. For more information on our in-home care services, please call (239) 449-4701 to request a complimentary consultation.

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