5 Simple Things That Could Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

There is no such thing like breast cancer prevention but the change of a few basic lifestyle  can lower the risk of developing this disease.

Limit yourself in drinking alcohols

It is believed that drinking a small amount of alcohol also speed up your risk of breast cancer. A recent research showed the connection between drinking and breast cancer was really strong in the 70% of tumors referred to as hormone-sensitive. Therefore, you should litmit yourself to two or three alcoholic drinks a week.

Do exercises more frequently

More often is even better. Do exercise at least three times a week. And when you do exercise, work to maintain your heart rate above its standard level for a minimum of 20 continuous minutes. Long walks are great too, but it’s the more strong exercise (expect to sweat!) that really helps your heart and reduces your cancer risk.

Maintain your body weight, or lose weight if you’re overweight

Study proves that being overweight or obese (especially if you’re past menopause) increases your risk, especially if you put on the weight as an adult. And a study released in March 2008 by researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston showed that obese and overweight women also had lower breast cancer survival rates and a greater chance of more aggressive disease than average-weight or underweight women.

Do a monthly breast self-exam

Be sure to get correct instruction from your doctor and have your technique reviewed regularly. You might catch a lump before a mammogram does, and it’s a good idea to follow changes in your body.

Have a mammogram once a year after 40

Detecting a tumor early boosts the chance of survival significantly: The five-year survival rate can be as high as 98 percent for the earliest stage localized disease, but hovers around 27 percent for distant-stage, or metastatic, disease.


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