Did you know that approximately 1 in 8 women in the U.S. (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime? Some risk factors, such as family history, unfortunately can’t be changed. But if you are worried about breast cancer or know you have a family history of it, the good news is that there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk:
Exercise together: Being physically active can prevent breast cancer by helping women maintain a healthy weight. Try to squeeze in 30 minutes a day of walking, jogging, or using weights at a fitness center. If you struggle to find the time or motivation to exercise, swap your regular activities for ones that are more active. For instance, rather than getting a cup of coffee with a friend, go for a walk with them.
Eat, drink & be healthy: One way to help the women you love prevent breast cancer is to support and encourage their healthy eating and drinking habits. Did you know that even one alcoholic drink a day increases the risk of breast cancer? By cooking healthy meals together and limiting alcohol intake you and your loved ones can lower your breast cancer risk.
Don’t smoke: Both exposure to second-hand smoke and active smoking increase breast cancer risk.