5 ways of living your best life with the BRCA1, BRCA2 Gene Mutation

5 ways of living your best life with the BRCA1, BRCA2 Gene Mutation

If you are already aware of obtaining BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, this knowledge is may encourage you to involve yourself in the prevention process. Despite the fact that it can be stressful, you are blessed to have the possibility to take steps before cancer proceeds. Your main goal now is to live your best life concerning the knowledge you gained.

  • Know your potential risk of cancer

An average woman has a 12 percent chance of obtaining breast cancer. Women that carry a BRCA1 mutation have 72% of the risk, and women with 69%. The same way it develops in other types of cancer, which drives us to the conclusion that people with BRCA1/BRCA2 are more likely to develop the disease.

  • Know your body reactions

It is vital to understand the changes that may appear it your body. Always keep your appointments and screenings, do breast self-exams, monitor the behavior of your breasts: nipples, changes in sizes and shapes, skin changes such as redness or rashes. For ovarian cancer, watch out the changes in your abdomen- bloating, indigestion, the pressure in your pelvis or back, changes in your cycle, and urgency to use the bathroom.

  • Take care of your health

Knowing that you carry the gene mutation is the main reason why you should care about your health even more. Spend 30 minutes a day to exercise as it can reduce your cancer risk by as much as 20 percent, control your nutrition and include vegetables and fruits as much as possible, get rid of your bad habits such as smoking.

  • Remember that you are not alone

There are people that go through the same as you and it is a perfect opportunity to share with each other and reduce stress. There are many organizations that help people learn and connect with others. You do not have to do this alone.

  • Practice stress relief

Find your perfect stress relieving activity, maybe reading, writing or painting. It would be great if you find an activity that is beneficial for your health such as stretching or jogging. Moreover, many cancer centers offer a number of stress relief options and you can join the group that suits you best.

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