While the cause of breast cancer is still relatively unknown, there are a few lifestyle changes one can make as a breast cancer prevention strategy:
Maintain an Ideal Weight
Research has shown that there is a connection between weight gain and breast cancer. Maintaining an ideal weight, exercise, and proper diet are definitely related to a lower incidence of breast cancer. There is also good evidence that aerobic exercise for 30 to 40 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week lowers the incidence of recurrent breast cancer in people who have already had breast cancer. The patient does not need to lose weight to realize this benefit.
Reducing stress can be an important part of overall health and well-being for women. While stress is not directly linked to causing breast cancer, your overall health is important to maintain, especially for patients with recurrent disease. By organizing, planning and getting the right amounts of exercise and nutrition, you will begin to reduce stress and increase overall well-being.
Smoking is directly linked to poor health and although there is no data proving it causes breast cancer, smoking should be avoided as part of your overall health regime.
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