Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is a perfect time to educate women on everything they need to know about the disease, as well as helping them take the steps to lead a better life.
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Audra Lowe: Since October is breast cancer awareness month it's the perfect time to educate women on everything they need to know about the disease and help them take the steps to live healthier lives. Margit Ragland is an editor from Family Circle Magazine and she's here to help us move really beyond our fears. Welcome back, Margit. Good to see you. Margit Ragland: It’s great to be here. Audra Lowe: A lot of women are afraid, they think breast cancer—am I going to get breast cancer? Could I be one of them later on in life but there are sort of things that we can really do to empower ourselves, right? Margit Ragland: We really can. Number one thing is we need to be aware. Breast cancer is one disease when it’s caught early, it’s often curable. So we need to do our monthly breast exams and you can do it in the shower right after your menstrual period if you’re still menstruating woman. And get those regular mammograms starting at age 40 every year. Audra Lowe: Okay. Is there anything that woman can do to reduce their chances of getting breast cancer? Margit Ragland: They certainly can. Some people think, “Oh, it’s just a random” and it randomly targets different women. But there are steps we can take. Number one is to keep a healthy body weight that’s really the most important. It’s been found across the board that fat cells can produce more estrogen in the body which has been linked to breast cancer. The other one is alcohol. We hear that yes, it’s great have a glass wine everyday. It can help with your heart health but studies have shown that women who consume quite a bit of alcohol they dramatically increase the risk of breast cancer. Audra Lowe: Hormone replacement therapy. What is it? Am I a candidate? What’s the benefits and the pros and the consall that stuff. Margit Ragland: Yes and that’s something that even the experts are still debating unfortunately. They used to think that HRT hormone replacement therapy was safe for up to about five years. And that’s what women are taking to help manage their menopausal symptoms. But now, new research says maybe we should only keep it to about three years and maybe then after that point you start have an increase risk of breast cancer. So basically, you should sit down with your doctor, talk about the pros and cons and if you do decide to take HRT, take the lowest dose possible for the shortest time as you possibly can. Audra Lowe: Okay, now do it yourself tips. You guys did put some of that in the magazine as well. One of them had to do with extra virgin olive oil and the others apples. Margit Ragland: Yes. It’s extra virgin olive oil. It has been shown to actually help reduce the cancer promoting genes in the body and the other one is apples. And this is the perfect time of year to encourage people to not only just help your health overall. It has been found that some of the compounds in apples can actually reduce your risk of breast cancer. So it’s the perfect time so you get into the habit of an apple a day. Audra Lowe: Exactly. Guys, you did a great job over there with this article. Thank you so much for sharing it Margit. And you guys can find out many other facts about breast cancer just by picking up a copy of Family Circle Magazine which is on newsstands now or as always you can go to our website FamilyCircle.com.

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