Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in American women. The average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12% (American Cancer Society, 2019). This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease.

  1. Don’t smoke. Smokers have a 1/3 higher chance of developing breast cancer.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. As your Body Mass Index (BMI) increases, your risk of breast cancer does as well.
  3. Exercise regularly!
  4. Reduce alcohol consumption. Women who drink 2 or more drinks per day are 40% more likely to develop breast cancer.
  5. Include fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains in your diet, and minimize protein foods that are rich in saturated fats (i.e. red meat).

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