Fighting Breast Cancer with Senior Home Care: Top-3 Risk Factors You Can Control
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in Clinton Township as well as the rest of the United States, representing about 15% of all diagnoses nationwide. Research by the National Cancer Institute indicates that 12.4% of American women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis late in life.
In many cases, breast cancer is preventable. Your loved one’s risk is determined by a combination of lifestyle, environment, and genetic factors, some of which can be modified.
“There are risk factors that you can control, and there are risk factors you cannot control,” says Sofia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk and Evaluation Program at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. You may not be able to change your family history, but there’s still plenty you can do.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so what better time to review University of Michigan research on 3 ways you can help your loved one lower their risk? Current clients needn’t worry: all ABC Clinton Township care practices are designed with these healthy lifestyle guidelines and interventions already in place. But if you’re the sole person in charge of your aging parent, following these simple tips could make all the difference.
- Limit alcohol intake. According to Dr. Merajver, women who consume 2-3 drinks (or more) per day increase their risk of cancer risk by 20%. Limiting your loved one to 3 or 4 drinks per week is recommended.If your aging parent is currently receiving senior home care, talk to your provider about setting a weekly drinking limit. Support workers can control what comes into the home via grocery shops, help explain the risks of excess drinking to your loved one, monitor their adherence to the plan, provide helpful distractions when cravings kick in, and report back to you with their progress. In this way, you can enjoy total peace of mind while your loved one effortlessly decreases their alcohol intake.
- Watch their weight. Women who are overweight or obese face elevated breast cancer risk, especially after menopause, when the majority of a woman’s estrogen comes from fat tissue.“Watching your weight” is easier said than done, of course, requiring a mix of calorie control, healthy exercise, high-quality sleep, and proper eating. But our senior home care service makes it easy. Whether you need help creating and enforcing meal plans, preparing wholesome meals, introducing a healthy bedtime routine for better sleep, or finding opportunities for safe exercise in good company, our senior home care team can help.
- Hit weekly activity goals. The government of Michigan recommends seniors do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise. Exercise not only relieves stress, fights frailty, and keeps the brain sharp, but also has been shown to lower the risk of breast cancer.If your loved one is struggling to reach their activity goals, our senior home care team can help. Whether they need some extra motivation, someone to monitor safety while they get after their favorite home workout, or a lift to their favorite Michigan senior’s fitness studio, Always Best Care Clinton Township has it covered.