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Lower Your Breast Cancer Risks

Studies have found that you can lower your breast cancer risks even if breast cancer runs in your family. This is good news to many of the women that have high risk factors due to heredity. Because the risks normally doubles for women that have a family member that has developed breast cancer, it is important to take these new steps to lower the risks.


Moderate exercise at least 5 times a week lasting at least 20 minutes each time has helped. Any type of aerobic exercise will help. I enjoy walking.

Be Moderate with Alcohol

Another helpful way to lessen your chances of getting breast cancer is not to consume more than 7 alcoholic drinks a week. This is one way to make a big difference. If you just drink one alcoholic drink a day, it raises your risk of breast cancer by 25%. It would be better to just eliminate it altogether if possible.

Watch Your Weight

Keeping your weight at a normal level over the course of your entire life also helps. It helps to eat healthy. Remember your 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables and to stay away from fatty oils.

Take Calcium and a Multivitamin

Tests at the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico found that women that took calcium daily reduced long term breast cancer risk by as much as 40%. Those that took a multivitamin lowered long term risk by 30%.

Since taking calcium to reduce the risk of osteoporosis is a good idea anyway and taking a multivitamin is also, I think all women should try this.

Don't Sit for Long Periods

New studies show that sitting for long periods can cause both breast cancer and colon cancer. If you have a job that requires you to sit all day, try to find reasons to get up and walk around for awhile every hour.

Risks of developing breast cancer were lowered even if you had a sister or other close relative that had already gotten breast cancer if you just followed these 4 easy steps. Sorry to say, but the risk of getting breast cancer in those with close relatives who had gotten the disease was still higher than those who didn't. But the risk were still significantly lower than those that didn't practice healthy lifestyles.

Statistics show that 1 in 8 women in 2010 will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. The best preventative to keep it from becoming invasive is to do monthly self exams and to have a mammogram as often as your doctor recommends.

Men can also get breast cancer. 1,972 cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2010. Only 1% of all cases are found in men, so their chances are much lower than women, but the above healthy lifestyle changes should be made by them also.

If you haven't scheduled a mammogram in awhile, do so right away. Early detection is still the important key to survive breast cancer.


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