3 Key Factors in Preventing Breast Cancer

Almost 320,000 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in 2017 and 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that simple changes can prevent one third of these cancers: being active, not drinking alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight. [AICR]

Here are the key findings from the American Institute for Cancer Research:

  • Adult wight gain and excess body fat increase risk for post-menopausal breast cancer
  • Alcoholic drinks increase the risk of post and pre-menopausal breast cancers
  • Regular vigorous physical activity reduces the risk of both post- and pre-menopausal breast cancers
  • Moderate physical activity reduces the risk of post-menopausal breast cancers
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of both post- and pre-menopausal breast cancers
  • For pre-menopausal breast cancer, body fatness was found to decrease risk.

Read the full report here: AICR Continuous Update Project: Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Breast Cancer.

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