8 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer
You’ve probably heard about many persons having struggled with breast cancer. Although today many breast cancer patients have a good chance of surviving and continuing living their lives, struggling with such an illness is not something anyone would want to deal with. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer that affects women all around the world, and it’s the second most common cancer in women in the U.S. According to CBS News, around one in eight women in the U.S. develops breast cancer in their lifetime.
Although there are many risk factors that you cannot control, such as history of breast cancer in the family, a genetic mutation, or simply being a woman, there are some factors you can influence. According to Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, being obese, not being physically active and eating a diet high in calories are the factors that increase the risk of developing breast (and several other types of) cancer. Read on to learn what you can do to minimize the risk and stay healthy for a long time.
1. Be physically active
Dr. Brawley (as well as almost every doctor) encourages women regardless of their age to be physically active and maintain a healthy body weight. Of course, healthy and balanced diet plays a significant role in weight maintenance, but we’ll touch that subject later in the article. Physical activity is known to lower the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and what is important for you now – breast cancer.
Physical activity can, besides helping you control your body weight – which is an extremely important factor for women of age when it comes to keeping the risk of breast cancer low – physical exercise helps your body function properly and keeps you healthy. Physical activity is one of the factors that you can definitely control, and introducing it into your daily routine can’t hurt – it can just help you improve your overall health, control your weight and lower the risk of various kinds of diseases and conditions, including breast cancer.