Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for women in Canada. To help spread awareness of this disease, October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Prevalence of Breast Cancer
About 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. While there are some breast cancer risk factors that you can’t control, these prevention strategies can help you reduce your risk:
If you’re concerned about your personal risk of developing breast cancer, call or visit your doctor.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month and You
There are a variety of ways that you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are just a few ideas:
For more information on breast cancer, visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s website.
As an expecting mother, your diet is more important than ever before. Not only will your body be more sensitive to what you put into it, but your unborn baby’s health and growth can be severely impacted as well. To help you make the healthiest choices for yourself and your baby, follow these dietary guidelines.
Avoid the Risk of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning occurs as the result of eating food that has been contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites. While symptoms typically pass quickly, food poisoning can cause serious complications and even death. Pregnant women and their unborn babies are at an increased risk of food poisoning because of weakened and underdeveloped immune systems. Additionally, food poisoning can be fatal to an unborn baby in the first three months of pregnancy or lead to complications if experienced in later months.
To reduce the risk of food poisoning, avoid eating raw or undercooked meat (including fish), dairy and eggs; closely follow expiration dates on all your food; and check to make sure your refrigerator is set to 4 C or lower. Learn more about avoiding food poisoning here.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
In addition to the heightened risk of getting food-borne illnesses, both you and your unborn baby can benefit greatly from a healthy diet and exercise. Because your body is already undergoing more strain than usual, a healthy diet and exercise will help reduce the negative symptoms associated with pregnancy and simultaneously aid in the baby’s development. Additionally, there are certain restrictions to consider for the safety of the baby.
Despite the old adage of “eating for two” your body only needs approximately 340 more calories in the second trimester and 450 more in the third trimester to support the healthy growth of your baby. These additional calories should ideally be nutrient-rich to support healthy growth. Caffeine should be limited to 300 milligrams per day (two cups of coffee) and alcohol should be avoided entirely. Consult your health care provider for more information.
Makes: 8 servings
Source: Government of Canada
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