One in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime in this country. In one year, research shows more than 220-thousand women are diagnosed each year. But there are some things you can do to lower your risk for certain types of breast cancer. Taking these steps to be healthy may not prevent all breast cancers but for most women they reduce the risks.
First, watch your weight. Being overweight or gaining weight as an adult increases the chances of developing the disease, especially after menopause. So eat well to keep your weight in check throughout your life.
Also get up and move! Experts recommend exercise, about 15 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. If possible, include at least two strength training session as week as well.
Also, don't smoke and if you drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than one drink per day. The more alcohol you consume, the greater your risk, experts say.
If you are able to breast feed when you have children, this may offer some protection against breast cancer. And experts suggest you avoid hormone therapy after menopause, if possible. It may raise your risk.
In addition to healthy lifestyle habits, make sure to get screened for breast cancer. Early detection may increase your chances of successful treatment.
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