Bright Lights, Late Nights: The Breast Cancer Link

Tripping (over) the Light Fantastic?

If you are a woman who spends a lot of time indoors – and in winter the tendency is even greater – and you’re a smoker, there is evidence which suggests that the risk of breast increases.  According to US researchers, who followed some 110,000 women over fifteen years, younger women in built up urban areas work were most likely to be affected.  It is believed that the lower production of melatonin, which slows tumour growth, may be the culprit.

 

While all the bright lights in the clubs may look an attractive proposition – are they really worth your health? 

That is not to say that going out occasionally is bad for you — but perhaps it would be a good idea to mix things up a bit and do outdoor activities during daylight hours, especially during the summer.  According to studies done in Scandinavia, taking in just 20 minutes of sunshine a day in the summer can help the body get much needed Vitamin D that will help sustain it during the winter.

Liquid Lunches…or Dinners….A Poisoned Chalice?

cocktail-with-orange-slice-and-cherryAlcohol is a well-known risk factor for the development of cancer; some 100 studies have been conducted since 2007 have indicated that alcohol, even in moderate amounts, increases the risk of breast cancer.

The epidemic in the UK of younger women developing cirrhosis and the higher incidence of breast (and other) cancers is arguably directly linked to the increased levels of alcohol consumption.

As a former drug and alcohol counselor, I realise just how easy it is to fall into a culture of hard drinking, “just to be sociable”.

But that glass you lift could turn into a poisoned chalice.

If you feel you may be drinking too much, here is a link to do an online self-assessment test.  I am also available for advice if you wish to seek help.

Wake Up…and See the Sunshine!

couple-riding-bikeOne of the best things we can do for our health is have more contact with nature – and there is evidence which indicates that people who do get out are more fit, less stressed and are generally happier.

Try trading the bright (artificial) lights for the light of day — the life you save may very well be your own!