Studies have shown that lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of breast cancer. Take charge of your health today by making just a few simple changes in your life.
- Limit your alcohol. The risk of breast cancer is 20 percent higher for women who consume 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day.
- Don’t smoke. A study found that women who smoked for than two decades tripled their risk of dying from breast cancer.
- Control your weight. After menopause, being overweight or obese increases your risk.
- Stay physically active. Regular exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer by 10–20 percent, especially in postmenopausal women.
- Talk to your doctor about hormone therapy. Many women use hormone therapy to help them with the symptoms of menopause. But there can be a higher risk of breast cancer with this treatment. If you’re concerned, ask your doctor about other options.
- Eat smart. Choose healthy fats, like olive oil, over butter. Choose fish instead of red meat. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts.