Celebrity Breast Cancer Surgeon Gives Tips for Fighting Cancer

October 18, 2011 By:
Celebrity Breast Cancer Surgeon Gives Tips for Fighting Cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a health campaign started by the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

More and more celebrities are opening up about their own personal struggles in order to spread that much-needed awareness. Real Housewives star, Kyle Richards, showed up to the JOICO Breast Cancer Awareness event, where she told Hollyscoop:

“I lost my mother to breast cancer so any chance I have to support breast cancer awareness, I'm all for it.”

And Giuliana Rancic is the latest celebrity to announce her battle with the disease. Rancic was diagnosed when she was getting in vitro fertilization and her doctor suggested she get a mammogram.

“This baby saved my life,” Rancic said about her soon-to-be conceived child.

Dr. Kristi Funk is a celebrity breast cancer surgeon and founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles. She gave Hollyscoop some important tips for fighting breast cancer, and in the spirit of raising awareness, we're passing them on to you.

Get your mammogram: You gotta get those boobs looked at, and flashing them at Mardis Gras doesn't count! For victims of breast cancer, the earlier it's detected, the higher your chances are of survival. Hence, the importance of mammograms. So when should you get screened? Starting at age 20, head in for a clinical breast exam every three years. Once you hit 40, make it every year, if you are at average risk. The American Cancer Society recommends a baseline mammogram between the age of 35 to 40. But Hollyscoop talked to Karina Smirnoff at the JOICO Event, and she told us: “I heard of women who are in their late 20's going through [breast cancer] so it's never too early [to check] and it doesn't take a lot of time. But it can literally save your life.” And don't forget the importance of self-exams! “I do that in the shower,” Smirnoff told us. “Not that you should know that.”

Maintain a healthy weight: There's are other reasons to stay healthy rather than just looking good. Weird, I know. Dr. Funk advises a low-fat, high-fiber diet. “Good nutrition helps women maintain a healthy weight and has several proven health benefits,” Funk says. Some good high fiber snacks include apples, almonds and avocados.

Don't be such a boozehound: We all love a nice, stiff drink, but don't overdo it. Doctors consider moderate alcohol intake to be one per day for women. If that sounds like a lot to you, you're fine. If that's not enough…you might want to cut back, drunky. The American Cancer Society says, "many people may not be aware that alcohol use can increase their cancer risk." Alcohol use has been linked to a variety of cancer types, including breast cancer.

Exercise: Dr. Funk says: “Taking a brisk walk every day, or any other exercise you enjoy, may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. So, get movin'!” The American Cancer Society also advises to take a walk every day:
“Do range-of-motion exercises as instructed by your nurse, doctor, or physical therapist. Active range of motion is when you move a joint without any help from others. Passive range of motion is when someone else moves it for you. You can do either type of range-of-motion exercises without getting out of bed. Avoid moving any joint that is painful.”

Find a support system: Giuliana's husband, Bill Rancic is 100% on his wife's side, Tweeting: "Thank you for all your love and support today. G is reading all your messages. She will win this fight, I PROMISE, and be back better than ever." Whether it's friends, family, or fans, find people who are on your side and fighting for you, and it'll make the battle a little easier.