Breast cancer affects so many around us. While it isn’t completely preventable, a few simple lifestyle changes can reduce your risk.
- Regular exercise reduces your chance of cancer by about 10 to 20 percent.
- Watch your weight. Obesity, especially after menopause, increases your chance of developing breast cancer.
- Eating fruits and vegetables on a regular basis lowers your chances of developing breast cancer.
- Limit alcohol to less than one drink per day.
- Don’t smoke.
- Limit the duration of hormonal therapy, the longer you are on it the higher your risk.
- Those who use birth control have a higher risk than those who do not.
- If you want to have children, having your first child before age 35 reduces your risk. The more children you have the more your chances are reduced. Also, breastfeeding reduces your risk.
If you combine all of these factors together and live a healthy lifestyle, not only will your body thank you but you will also be reducing your chances of getting breast cancer.
The most important thing you can do is get regular mammograms and see your doctor if you notice anything different. If discovered early enough, the most common type of breast cancer has a nearly 99% survival rate.
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