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Reduce Breast Cancer Risks During the Summer

Second To Nature Hopes Everyone Has a Safe and Enjoyable Summer

You can reduce breast cancer risks during the summer in several ways, which is Second To Nature’s June blog topic. According to, sunlight exposure lowers the risk for breast cancer. Healthy foods like leafy green vegetables and berries also reduce breast cancer risks, according to Furthermore, you can reduce breast cancer risks over the summer all year long with healthy habits. You can reduce the risk when you quit smoking, drink less alcohol, and do more regular activity.



Sunlight Exposure and Healthy Foods Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

A 2007 study conducted by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that sunlight exposure reduces advanced breast cancer risks. More sunlight exposure increases the body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D from sunlight exposure impacts how quickly breast cells multiply. Be sure to safely expose yourself to the sun, though, so you avoid developing skin cancer.


Summer is also a great time to eat healthy foods, especially homegrown fruits and vegetables. Healthy foods are those packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Examples of healthy foods you might want to grow at home and eat more of this summer are:


  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Beans



Quit Smoking, Drink Less Alcohol, and Do More Regular Activity as Well

Regular activity also reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. In the summer, doing more regular activity is easier than other times because there’s so much to do outside. Go for a daily walk, play an outdoor sport, or start your vegetable garden to incorporate regular activity this summer. According to, observational studies have linked regular activity to lower risks of several types of cancer, including breast cancer.


While you’re doing regular activity, eating healthy food, and increasing sunlight exposure, try to quit smoking and consume less alcohol. We understand it’s hard to quit smoking in general, and summertime makes drinking less alcohol difficult for some people. Choosing to quit smoking and consume less alcohol also greatly benefits your overall physical health.


Contact Second To Nature by calling (540) 366-2711 to find out about mastectomy education in Roanoke, VA, and custom breast prosthesis. Like us on Facebook and follow us to receive updates. We’d be glad to explain further how you can reduce breast cancer risks during the summer.