The Battle Against Breast Cancer

(CARLSBAD, CA) – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there’s no time like the present to take an inventory of your breast tissue health. What are you doing to be sure that you’re not next?One step you can take to prevent breast cancer is to make adjustments in your diet. The American Cancer Society reports that Asian women have one-fifth the breast cancer rate of U.S. women, citing the vegetable-rich Asian diet as a main factor. If you can’t stomach Brussel sprouts, at least toss-in some broccoli or kale into your eating regimen a little more often. One study shows this increase in cruciferous vegetables can reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 50 percent!Slimming down with exercise is another way to minimize your risk for breast cancer. After menopause, obese women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer versus women of healthy weights. The American Cancer Society shows that 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week is enough to make a difference. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends finding an activity that you enjoy, so that you’ll be more likely to stick with it.Beyond diet and exercise, another important action to fight breast cancer is the monthly self-exam. If you haven’t performed a self-exam in awhile, then you may need a refresher course. The American Cancer Society has updated its recommendations for the self-exam. Some of the key changes include:

  1. Lie down on your back for the exam. The breast tissue will spread out as thin and evenly as possible, which makes it easier to find lumps hidden deep inside the breast.

  2. Adjust your pressure level. Use a light touch to examine the breast tissue closest to your skin, then a medium pressure to feel deeper, and finally a firm pressure to check the deep tissue near your ribs.

  3. Use a strategic pattern. As you check your breasts, move across them in an up-and-down pattern, which has been shown to cover your entire breast most thoroughly.

  4. Remember your underarms. Press deeply into your armpit. For this part of your self-exam, sit or stand and raise your arm.

  5. Be consistent. Check your breasts about the same time every month. This increases the odds that you’ll notice any lumps that aren’t part of normal monthly hormonal changes.

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

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