Unfortunately, there is no sure fire, one hundred percent guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer. However, there are some lifestyle practices that women can follow to potentially help reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. These lifestyle modifications include:
Limit Alcoholic Drinks
According to the American Cancer Society, women who drink between two and five alcoholic beverages per day have a 1.5 times higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who drink no alcohol each day. As such, women should limit daily intake of beer, wine and other fancy cocktails to one per day.
Maintain Healthy Weight
Especially in older women after menopause being obese or even overweight has been found to increase breast cancer risk. Check with your healthcare provider to learn what the most appropriate weight and body mass index (BMI) is for you. If you fall over the acceptable range, implement a healthy eating and exercise regimen to lose weight.
Studies have shown that exercise does help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women conduct anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day for at least five days a week.
Detect Breast Cancer Early
Learning that you have breast cancer when the tumor is small in size can increase your chances of survival since treatment is more successful in early stage breast cancer. That’s why it’s important to follow early detection guidelines and have yearly mammograms after the age of 40.
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