In addition to following the American Cancer Society’s early detection guidelines and getting a mammogram every year, there are important lifestyle choices you can make to help lower your risk of breast cancer. Take control of your breast health.
Watch your weight.
Being overweight or obese is associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. Choose foods that will help you maintain a healthful weight. Eat five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day. Choose whole grains in preference to processed (refined) grains and sugars. Limit the amount of red meat you eat, especially meats that are high in fat and processed. Balance the number of calories you consume with your physical activity.
Adults should engage in moderate or vigorous activity for at least 30 minutes on five or more days per week; 45 minutes or more of exercise on five or more days per week may be even better for reducing the risk of breast cancer.
Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
Women who drink alcohol should limit their intake to no more than one drink per day (no more than two for men). The recommended limit is lower for women because of their smaller body size and slower metabolism of alcohol. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
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