Monday, October 14, 2013

Ask Us Anything: What Can I Do to Prevent Breast Cancer?

"What can I do to prevent breast cancer?"

Registered Nurse Michelle Wysocki Responds:

Breast cancer can't be prevented; however, research has shown that there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Postmenopausal women who are overweight have a 30 to 60 percent higher breast cancer risk than those who are lean.

Add Exercise Into Your Routine

Women who get regular physical activity may have a lower risk of breast cancer by about 10 to 20 percent, particularly in postmenopausal women.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Research has found that women who had two to three alcoholic drinks per day had a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer.

Breastfeed, If You Can

Research has shown that mothers who breastfed for a lifetime total of one year (combined duration of breastfeeding for all children) were slightly less likely to get breast cancer than those who never breastfed.

– Michelle Wysocki, RN

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