1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Ensure you and your closest seven friends know about early detection and what is recommended to stay healthy.
Brisk walking for 1 hour a day can reduce risk by more than 15%. The American Cancer Society recommends that you engage in 45 minutes to 1 hour of physical activity at least 5 days each week.
Being overweight is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, especially after menopause. It is best to stay at a healthy weight, eat more vegetables and fruits, and limit consumption of red meats.
Regular consumption of one or more drinks a day for women is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
Risk is increased by any family member with breast cancer, especially if close relatives are diagnosed before the age of 50. A first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer at any age approximately doubles the risk of breast cancer.
Use only if absolutely necessary; use for as short a time as possible, and discuss alternatives with your doctor.
Tobacco smoke is a known human carcinogen and is an established risk factor for lung cancer. Exposure to smoking and secondhand smoke should be avoided, particularly during childhood, puberty, pregnancy and when breast feeding.