Why don't people believe me when I tell them I caused my breast cancer? Big statement, I know! Of which they always respond with, no you didn't - you're just unlucky.

I'm sorry, I don't think so. Luck had absolutely nothing to do with my diagnosis. First, let me get a couple of facts out of the way to help you understand why not:

1. My breast cancer wasn't hereditary
2. I don't have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 Gene

But for some reason, people didn't want to have that conversation with me. My guess is that if it's true for me, then it could be true for them too. Not something someone wants to be confronted with is it. Cancer doesn't discriminate, contrary to belief.

It's common knowledge today that by making healthy lifestyle choices, we can reduce our risk of breast cancer. So you know what that means, don't you? That by not making healthy lifestyle choices you can increase your risk of breast cancer, and that's what happened to me. Those who were around me between 2008-2012 will understand the why's.

The above isn't new information by any means, it's just something people don't often talk about. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and it's been the driving force behind my passion for all things health + wellness. Not because it's trending but because it can save lives!

FACT: 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime

FACT: 8 women die from breast cancer every day in Australia

Shocking statistics from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), aren't they.

So to help reduce our risk of breast cancer here's five things we can do, starting today. 

5 Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

1. Reduce alcohol
2. Maintain healthy weight range
3. Be active
4. Eat well
5. Reduce stress

What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree/disagree? I'm more than happy to discuss or answer any questions you may have, and you can do so by leaving me a comment below.