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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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