How Kenyan Women Can Stay Ahead of Breast Cancer

  1. Women with a family history of breast cancer can lower their risk by breastfeeding their babies according to the Archives of Internal Medicine. In their study, it was revealed that Women with a family history of breast cancer were 59% less likely to develop pre-menopausal breast cancer if they had ever breastfed. In the past, majority of Kenyan women breastfed their kids but industrialization and urban life is decreasing the breastfeeding. This may have contributed in the current increase in breast cancer incidences in Kenya.
  2. Reducing dietary fat may reduce the risk of breast cancer according to the Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study in America. In the wake of economic growth and urbanization in Kenya, fatty foods intake like KFC chicken and red meats is on the rise. Our traditional low-fat high fibre foods like beans and vegetables offers the best breast cancer protection.
  3. The link between obesity and breast cancer have been very clear for many decades. Obese women are at higher risk of breast cancer than lean women. Eating small food portions of well-balanced diet low in fat and red meats is a good way to protect yourself from breast cancer.
  4. Mammography is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. If it’s time to schedule your mammogram, make the appointment now. Most Kenyan women over age 50 has never had a mammogram according to a simple questionnaire conducted my Cancer Free Women in two local churches in Nairobi. Over 70% did not even know what a mammogram is. Among the 200 participants, 21% has had a close family member dies of breast cancer. Cancer Free Women has created a platform/website where you can sponsor a family, friend or a random person to get a free Mammogram in Kenya.
  5. Avoid Excess alcohol intake and smoking.
If you would like to share your breast cancer story, email your story on Microsoft word to cancerfreewomen[at]gmail.com.

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