Habits That May Reduce The Risk Of Developing Breast Cancer

October 2, 2018

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Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the U.S., affecting almost 85 of every 100,000 Americans according to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Although it's an ominous number, breast cancer deaths have dropped by 40% between 1989 and 2015 in the U.S., thanks to better screening and access to care. However the latest research into the disease suggests that widespread adoption of certain lifestyle choices could reduce that number even further. Regularly drinking alcohol is associated with at least seven different kinds of cancer, and the link between alcohol and breast cancer is particularly strong, perhaps because alcohol can increase estrogen levels to a potentially dangerous degree. So if you drink, remember that moderation is the key.  Exercise is beneficial as research shows regular physical activity may lower a person’s risk of developing breast cancer. Exercise can reduce inflammation, improve the immune system and lead to a drop in body fat, which is associated with a lower breast cancer risk. Guidelines are about 42 minutes of physical activity daily. Eat a fiber-filled diet. A recent study found that women who said they ate about three daily servings of fiber-filled fruit when they were teenagers had a 25% lower chance of developing breast cancer as adults, compared to those who said they ate less fruit. Limit fat intake. Another study found that women who followed low-fat diets that were also rich in produce and whole grains had a 22% lower risk of dying of breast cancer during more than eight years of follow-up, compared to women who did not adjust their fat intake. While there’s no single or definitive way to prevent cancer, these suggestions may reduce risk for developing breast cancer. Make sure to see your doctor annually for testing.


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