Breast Cancer Prevention

If you’re concerned about breast cancer, you may be wondering if there are steps you can take toward breast cancer prevention. Breast Cancer Prevention and Wellness

Preventative Strategies

Some risk factors, such as family history, can’t be changed. However, there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk.

Limit your alcohol intake

The general recommendation is to limit yourself to less than one drink each day, as the more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer.

Don’t smoke

Not only does research suggest there’s a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, smoking is simply one of the worst things you can do for your health.

Watch your weight

Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop breast cancer, especially if obesity occurs after menopause.

Stay physically active

Physical activity can help you keep your weight in a healthy range. Most healthy adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic active per week. In addition, adults should strength train at least twice per week.

Encouraging Employee Wellness

Staying healthy can be especially difficult for those who work full time, especially in a sedentary office setting. As an employer, you can be at the forefront of changing the lives and wellness of your employees.

Start by developing a thorough employee wellness program as part of your employee benefits. When you encourage employees to make healthy choices both at home and at work, you create a healthier work environment. This may be through chronic disease management, nutrition and fitness programs, quit smoking programs, stress management, or a myriad of other services.

While breast cancer isn’t always preventable, there are some steps you can take (and encourage your employees to take) toward a healthier and happier life.

If you’d like to create an employee wellness program that fits your company’s needs, contact an employee benefits consultant at Cornerstone today.