10 TIPS FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/10-tips-for-breast-cancer-prevention-104167558.html
1.Avoid becoming overweight. Obesity raises the risk of
breast cancer after menopause, the time of life when breast
cancer most often occurs. Avoid gaining weight over time,
and try to maintain a body-mass index under 25 (calculators
can be found online).
2.Eat healthy to avoid tipping the scale. Embrace a diet
high in vegetables and fruit and low in sugared drinks,
refined carbohydrates and fatty foods. Eat lean protein
such as fish or chicken breast and eat red meat in
moderation, if at all. Eat whole grains. Choose vegetable
oils over animal fats.
3.Keep physically active. Research suggests that increased
physical activity, even when begun later in life, reduces
overall breast-cancer risk by about 10 percent to 30
percent. All it takes is moderate exercise like a 30-minute
walk five days a week to get this protective effect.
4.Drink little or no alcohol. Alcohol use is associated with an
increased risk of breast cancer. Women should limit intake
to no more than one drink per day, regardless of the type of
5.Avoid hormone replacement therapy. Menopausal
hormone therapy increases risk for breast cancer. If
you must take hormones to manage menopausal
symptoms, avoid those that contain progesterone and
limit their use to less than three years. "Bioidentical
hormones" and hormonal creams and gels are no safer
than prescription hormones and should also be avoided.
6.Consider taking an estrogen-blocking drug. Women with
a family history of breast cancer or who are over age 60
should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of
estrogen-blocking drugs such as tamoxifen and raloxifene.
7.Don't smoke. Research suggests that long-term smoking is
associated with increased risk of breast cancer in some
8.Breast-feed your babies for as long as possible. Women
who breast-feed their babies for at least a year in total have
a reduced risk of developing breast cancer later.
9.Participate in a research study. The Hutchinson Center is
home to several studies that are looking at ways to reduce
the risk for breast cancer.
10.Get fit and support breast cancer research at the same time.
Regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of
breast cancer. Ascend some of the world's most
breathtaking peaks while raising vital funds for and
awareness of breast cancer research by participating in the
Hutchinson Center's annual Climb to Fight Breast Cancer.
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