1. Keep physically active.
suggests that increased physical activity, even when begun later in
life, reduces overall breast-cancer risk by about 10 percent to 30
percent. It is important to exercise moderately every week.
Research has shown that physical activity even started late in life
can reduce risk by an average 20 percent. Try a 30-minute walk five
days a week to get this protective effect.
2. Eat healthy to avoid tipping the scale.
great tool is a healthy lifestyle. Embracing a diet high in
vegetables and fruit but also low in sugared drinks, refined
carbohydrates and fatty foods lowers risk.
time of life when breast cancer occurs is after menopause. The risk
compounds with the added factor of obesity. It is important to try
avoiding weight gain over time and to maintain a body-mass index
(BMI) below 25.
4. Don't smoke.
suggests that long-term smoking is associated with increased risk
of breast cancer in some women.
little or no alcohol.
use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Women
should limit intake to no more than one drink per day, regardless
of the type of alcohol.
6. If you bear children, breast-feed your
babies for as long as possible.
for at least a year in total have a reduced risk of developing
breast cancer later in women.
7. Avoid hormone replacement therapy.
hormone therapy increases risk for breast cancer. If you must take
hormones to manage menopausal symptoms, avoid those that contain
progesterone and limit their use to less than three years.
"Bioidentical hormones" and hormonal creams and gels are
no safer than prescription hormones and should also be avoided.
8. Get regular breast cancer screenings.
important to follow your doctor recommendations to decide what type
of screening you need and how often you need it.