1. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 Australian women.
2. Eating fresh produce like fruits and vegetables is believed to help repair cell damage, in turn warding off cancer.
2. Keep your calories in check! One of the most powerful preventatives is maintaining a healthy weight.
3. According to Cancer Council, alcohol is linked to 22% of breast cancer cases in Australia. This classifies alcohol as a grade one carcinogen, the same category as tobacco and asbestos.
4. High intakes of saturated fat (found in meat & full-fat dairy) can double the risk of breast cancer in women.
5. Unsaturated fats (found in fish, avocado, olive oil & nuts) have shown to have a protective affect against breast cancer.
6. Breast cancer doesn’t always appear as a lump. Approximately 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no lumps, pain or other signs of a problem in their breasts.
7. Only 5-10% of cases are due to genetics, even in women who have a family history of the disease. Many cases are due not to specific gene mutations, but to a combination of shared lifestyle factors, according to the American Cancer Society.