Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.[1] Although there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are lifestyle changes that you can make to attempt to reduce your risks.

Limiting Your Alcohol Intake

Drinking less alcohol beverages can have a positive impact on decreasing your breast cancer risk. Women who had 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day had a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who didn't drink alcohol [2]

Modifying Your Diet

It is important to include certain foods in your diet that may assist in lowering your breast cancer risk. These include:

  1. Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, or arugula
  2. Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, or cabbage
  3. Berries, citrus fruits, or apples
  4. Fatty fish such as salmon [3]

Living an Active Lifestyle

Obesity raises the risk of developing breast cancer, so it is important to stay active by walking at least 30 minutes a day.

Getting Regular Breast Cancer Screenings

Regular medical screenings are the most effective way to detect various forms of breast cancer. Even if you are not experiencing breast cancer symptoms, you should still schedule routine mammogram screenings. It is recommended for women to start screening mammograms at age 40.

If you believe you have breast cancer symptoms, such as nipple discharge, nipple retraction, breast or nipple plain, or swelling of all or part of a breast, be sure to schedule a checkup appointment with Dr. Hill at his offices in Youngstown, OH. We offer weekend and Saturday office hours so you can make your health your top priority.

 

References

  1. “Breast Cancer Facts and Statistics”

https://www.breastcancer.org/facts-statistics

  1. Alcohol

https://www.komen.org/breast-cancer/risk-factor/alcohol-consumption/

  1. “What Foods Help Prevent Breast Cancer Risk?”

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/breast-cancer-foods

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