Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women at average risk of breast cancer, and for those at high risk for breast cancer.
The goal of screening tests for breast cancer is to find it before it causes symptoms (like a lump that can be felt). Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease in people who don’t have any symptoms. Early detection means finding and diagnosing a disease earlier than if you’d waited for symptoms to start.
Breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis (outlook) of a woman with this disease.
To prevent breast cancer it is recommended:
- Eat a balanced, high-fiber diet that includes broccoli, chard, spinach, mushrooms, grapes, papaya, and turmeric.
- Reduce the consumption of sugars and fats.
- Avoid soy consumption.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes daily.
- Maintain an adequate weight.
- Avoid cigarettes and alcohol.
- Perform a monthly breast self-examination from the age of 20, preferably on the fifth day of menstruation.
- Perform a breast thermography at an early age between 20-40 years if you have a family history of breast cancer or simply preventive.