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Breast Cancer Prevention: Improve
Common to all women are
daily lifestyle decisions that may affect breast cancer risk. These
day-to-day choices involve factors such as poor diet, insufficient
physical activity, alcohol use and smoking. Besides possibly reducing
breast cancer risk, lifestyle improvement represent smart steps for a
healthier life, since they can help prevent heart disease, diabetes
and many other chronic, life-threatening conditions.
Decrease Your Daily Fat
Intake: especially saturated or hydrogenated fats. Eat leaner
meats and limit red meat. Reducing your fat intake helps prevent other
health problems, such as heart disease and stroke and may reduce your
chance of developing breast and colon cancers.
Increase Fiber in Your
Diet: Fiber is found in whole grains, vegetables and fruits. This
type of diet is beneficial for your heart and can help prevent other
cancers, such as colon cancer.
Eat Fresh Fruits &
Vegetables: In addition to their fiber content, fruits and
vegetables have antioxidant properties and micronutrients that may
help prevent some cancers.
Evidence suggests that a small increase in risk exists for women who
average two or more drinks per day (beer, wine and distilled liquor).
Stay Active: The U.S.
Surgeon General recently reported that you can help prevent many
problems by engaging in a moderate amount of phsyical activity (such
as taking a brisk, 30-minute walk) on most days of the week. Strive to
maintain the body weight recommended by a health professional since
excess fat may stimulate estrogen production.
Don't Smoke: Although
smoking doesn't cause breast cancer, it can increase the chance of
blood clots, heart disease and other cancers that may spread to the
For additional information
on risk factors, access the American Cancer Society website,
Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2004.
Information on this page has been, in
large part, reproduced, with permission, from
NBCAM (supported by
an unrestricted educational grant from AstraZeneca Healthcare
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