Did you know that every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Breast cancer affects more than 280,000 every year and is currently the second most commonly diagnosed form of breast cancer in women.
So what can you do to lower your risk of developing breast cancer? Live a healthy lifestyle! Healthy habits are the most essential thing you can do to decrease your risk. Here are a few things you can do:
Maintain a healthy weight
- Increased body weight and weight gain are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer after menopause. The American Cancer Society recommends staying at a healthy weight throughout your life, avoiding excess weight gain and balancing your meals with physical activity.
- Several studies have shown moderate to vigorous physical activity is linked with lower breast cancer risk, so get moving! It is recommended to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week.
- Alcohol can increase your risk of breast cancer. Even low levels of alcohol intake have been linked to an increase in risk. It is recommended to limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 alcoholic beverage a day.
- Research has demonstrated mothers who breastfeed can lower their risk of breast cancer. The longer you breastfeed, the greater the protective effect.