What is the first risk factor that comes to your mind when you think of breast cancer? For me, it's family
history and genetics. And I count myself lucky that this is not a disease that has a history with my family. We have other diseases to worry about to be sure, but this isn't one of them. That is particularly reassuring since genetic predisposition is not something I could exactly control.
However, it isn't the only risk factor by far. Lifestyle choices, diet, unhealthy weight, environmental factors all play a role as well. And these are things we can control.
In fact, more than 90% of breast cancers are linked to factors other than genetics, and according to the World Cancer Research Fund a third of all breast cancers are preventable.* The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has launched a new initiative, #OneNewThing, designed to educate women about how the choices we make can work to reduce our personal risk of breast cancer. This campaign encourages women to try just one new thing that will contribute to them living a healthier lifestyle.
I particularly like the encouraging message that you don't have to be perfect to be healthy. Just because I don't swim "well" doesn't mean that my swimming isn't improving my health. Just because you don't have the endurance to run a marathon doesn't mean you shouldn't run.
Living an active lifestyle with a healthy diet can go a long way towards prevention of many diseases, I just didn't realise it could also fight against breast cancer. You can visit the #OneNewThing website for more information on controllable risk factors, as well as inspiration and stories of women who are going beyond their comfort zone to try something new and improve their health. And while you're there you can submit your own story and share how you are incorporating #OneNewThing into your healthier lifestyle.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.