Because I am a woman, I am at risk for breast cancer. However, there are many “green” things I can do in my everyday life that will help reduce my risk.
Kayaking, hiking, fishing and scuba diving are some of my favourite hobbies, however, when I can’t do these activities, I always make time to get outside and exercise. Since I spend most of my work day at my desk it’s really important for me to spend an hour outside each day walking my dogs.
According to a 2013 study of 73,000 women, walking vigorously for one hour a day can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer up to 25%. This study shows a very important link between exercise and breast cancer, and it is a great motivator for me to continue my daily exercise and personal fitness routine.
Another important factor to living green and reducing my risk of breast cancer is my diet. I eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies every day, especially breast-healthy veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, and mushrooms. Over the years I have completely phased out processed food; I strive to eat a plant-based diet which is good for the environment and for my body.
It’s not always easy, but choosing the healthier and greener options will also help reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Visit the Healthy Living section on our website to learn more about reducing your risk of breast cancer through exercise and nutrition.
Kimberly Carson, CEO