Reducing your risk of breast cancer
July 4, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.
- Stop Smoking -- One sure fire way for a healthier lifestyle is to stop smoking. Though there is no direct correlation between breast cancer and smoking, research has indicated that a woman's risk rises when they begin to smoke at a young age.
- Alcohol Consumption -- Drinking alcohol has been linked to cancer. Women who have 2-5 drinks per day increase their risk by 1 1/2 times compared to those who don't indulge.
- Eat a Low Fat Diet -- Being overweight can actually increase your chances of breast cancer. This happens due to the fact that fatty tissue contains estrogen, which is known as a major cause in breast cancer development. You can reduce the risk of breast cancer by eating a low fat diet.
- Get Active -- Physical activity may actually help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Studies have shown that simply walking 1- 2 hours per week could reduce a woman's breast cancer risk by almost 18%.
- Changes or dimpling of the skin of the breast
- Bloody discharge from the nipple
- A lump in the breast
- Changes in the shape or size of the breast
- Inverted nipple
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