Lifestyle Changes Can Prevent Breast
You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by changing
specific items in the way you live your life. One of the
biggest factors that you can control is your weight.
The risks of breast cancer increase if you have gained
weight after menopause or are carrying the extra fat around
your middle. If you have gained weight during the adult
years of your life and have a diet that is high in fat, you may
be increasing your risk for developing this disease.
Exercising is important to reduce your risk of developing
breast cancer. It is never too late to start an exercise
program. Contact your doctor to see if there are limits
that should be placed on your exercise routine.
The more you exercise the lower your risk of developing
You may begin an exercise program by gentle stretching
motions, taking a walk around the block, or any other light
form of exercise. Studies show that you will benefit from
as little as an hour and fifteen minutes of added exercise each
week. If you increase that time to over two and a half
hours, you will reduce your risk by another 18%.
Your decision on pregnancy issues may
also affect your risk of breast cancer.
Choosing not to have a child or having your first child over
the age of 30 will increase your risk. Breast-feeding
will lower your risk of breast cancer. Studies show
that breast-feeding for one and a half to two years
significantly decreases your risk of developing breast
Birth control pills may increase your risk slightly, but if
you haven’t taken birth control in the last ten years,
your risk is reduced.
Hormone replacement therapy over a long period will
increase your risk of breast cancer.
HRT also increases your chances of having heart attacks,
strokes, and blood clots or strokes. One interesting fact
I discovered about hormone replacement therapy is that it
decreases the effectiveness of mammogram screening. That
means that breast cancer is often diagnosed later in patients
who have been on hormone replacement therapy for a
Once you have stopped taking HRT, your risk lowers after the
first five years of being HRT free. If you are
experiencing menopausal symptoms, contact your doctor about the
risks of HRT or look into natural ways to control your
Drinking alcohol has been proven to increase your risk of
developing breast cancer.
If you have one drink a day, you are increasing your risk
slightly. If you are having two to five drinks each day,
you are increasing your risk of breast cancer. If you
drink any alcohol, your risk is more than a woman who drinks no
Dr Klatsky, adjunct investigator in the Division of
Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Oakland, USA,
found that women who drank between 1 and 2 alcoholic drinks per
day increased their risk of breast cancer by 10% compared with
light drinkers who drank less than one drink a day; and the
risk of breast cancer increased by 30% in women who drank more
than 3 drinks a day.
Yes this includes wine. It is the alcohol content that is in
question not the type of alcohol. And it is the consistency -
everyday drinking multiple drinks opposed to once a week one or
two drinks. If you drink one glass of red wine daily for
your heart health, consider the breast cancer history in your
Although studies show conflicting data on the relationship
of fat in your diet and breast cancer, one thing is clear;
you need to control your weight. This will help you lead
a healthier life and decrease your chances of breast cancer and
many other deadly diseases.