Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. What can you do?

 

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Exercise

Studies show that even moderate physical activity, such as one to two hours of brisk walking each week, can help reduce your risk for breast cancer. Sweating it out with vigorous exercise for up to 10 hours each week can reduce that risk even further.

 

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Maintain a Healthy BMI

Women who are overweight and obese, especially those who are post-menopausal, are at an increased risk for breast cancer. Aim to keep your body mass index in a healthy range between 18 and 24.9.

 

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Drink Less Alcohol

For women, the risk of breast cancer rises with the amount of alcohol consumed. Limit yourself to an average of no more than one drink per day.

 

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Know the Signs

Be aware of how your body looks and feels. Don’t wait to report any changes to a doctor.

 

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Be Your Own Advocate

Discuss your personal risk factors with a doctor or genetic counselor, and initiate a proactive plan of action to help lower your risk and protect your health.

 

Source: American Cancer Society on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention