Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reduce risk of breast cancer through action today

Breast cancer prevention means taking action now. We talked about awareness earlier this week and have discussed drug strategies to reduce risk of breast cancer in high risk or postmenopausal women. But for every woman there are things to do now to lower risk.


  1. be active - increase your level of physical activity
  2. maintain a healthy weight
  3. cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink
Our web tools help you look at your risk compared to other women your age. We also provide some helpful background information. Above all, the message is clear that we can modify risk of breast and other cancers through changing the way we live. Sustained changes can dramatically reduce risk. Weight loss after menopause can halve the risk of breast cancer, for example. It is never too late to increase activity and maintain some weight loss. we describe strategies for increasing physical activity and weight loss in an earlier post.

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