Here’s How You Can Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer in 5 Ways

Here’s How You Can Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer in 5 Ways


This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s remember to be safe rather than sorry. Here are just five of the ways you can change your lifestyle to reduce your risk of breast cancer

Breast cancer is no small matter. It is even considered the most common type of cancer among women in the Philippines, claiming the lives of thousands every year, according to research. While genetics do play a major role, there are ways to be proactive in preventing the development of breast cancer. With that in mind, here are just some of the lifestyle changes you can make to reduce the risk and ease your concerns.

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Improve your diet

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Like it or not, you have to eat healthy, balanced meals to properly nourish your body. This means eating plenty of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. Doing so is not only associated with breast cancer prevention but will help you maintain a healthy weight. This is particularly significant since women who maintain a healthy weight are found to have a lower risk of developing the disease.

Be physically active

How You Can Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer: active lifestyle

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Exercise is always a good lifestyle tip as it has significant benefits on one’s mental and physical health. Physically active women are also said to have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who remain inactive. Not only that but research also shows that physical activity is related to reduced breast cancer mortality and recurrence.

Don’t smoke

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Another thing you need to consider is smoking. According to research, breast cancer risk increases the more you smoke cigarettes. This is because of the toxins found in cigarette smoke, so it’s best to avoid the vice altogether, especially if you have a family history of the disease.

Drink in moderation

Likewise, alcohol is another vice that is best avoided because the more you drink, the higher the risk becomes. As such, studies suggest that women only drink in moderation—or stop the habit completely—to reduce breast cancer risk. This means sticking to at most one alcoholic beverage at a time.

Get regular check-ups

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Last but not least, we advise you to get examined regularly. Not only will early detection of breast cancer increase your survival rate, but a doctor can give you clear advice on how to manage your risk factors. You can schedule regular clinical breast exams and even conduct one yourself at least once a month. Regular breast self-exams are necessary to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel so that you can more easily spot out-of-the-ordinary lumps or skin changes.

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