There are no easy answers when it comes to preventing breast cancer, or any other kind of cancer for that matter. The general consensus, however, points towards a healthy lifestyle as the best way to prevent breast cancer. This includes eating healthily and exercising on a regular basis.
In their web site, the Mayo Clinic makes it clear that diet and exercise are the best breast cancer prevention strategies. Let’s look at some of the things that you can do specifically to help lower the risk of getting breast cancer.
Limit your alcohol intake
Though just because you drink a lot does not mean that you will definitely get breast cancer, there is a strong relationship between high alcohol consumption and cases of breast cancer. The best route to take would be to limit your alcohol intake or avoid it completely. Even if you are not worried about breast cancer, limiting alcohol will also bring about other benefits to your health anyway.
Watch your weight
This does not mean that you should go on crash diets and aim to be the thinnest person in the world. Just keep within the normal or average weight for your height and built. The reason behind this is that there is a link between obesity and breast cancer. Moderation is the key here – just like with everything else.
No harm will come out of exercising at least moderately. Since regular physical activity will help you maintain a healthy weight, you can also avoid being at risk for breast cancer due to the obesity-cancer link.
Originally posted on October 15, 2008 @ 10:16 pm