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Breast Cancer Precautions

Updated on October 22, 2010

Learn How to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women of the United States, other than skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women age 35-50, after lung cancer. About 39,840 deaths have been caused from breast cancer in 2010. With early detection, the five-year survival rate is over 90%. Help prevent breast cancer by eating healthy, exercising, and limiting alcoholic.

Eating Healthy

The Mayo Clinic explains there is a connection between being overweight and breast cancer. Experts believe this is especially true for menopausal women who have gained weight later in life. It is believed that the estrogen produced in fatty tissue could be the connection between being overweight and breast cancer risk. Eating a low-fat diet can slightly decrease the chances of getting invasive breast cancer and other diseases like diabetes. The Mayo Clinic suggests that eating 20 to 30 grams of fiber a day may reduce the amount of estrogen that circulates in the body. Consume seven or more helpings of fruits and vegetables a day to help prevent breast cancer.


Exercise regularly to help keep a healthy weight and help prevent breast cancer. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day every day of the week. Include weight-bearing exercises such as aerobics, jogging, and walking. According to The Medical News, exercise may help decrease breast density to improve the accuracy of mammogram screenings, delay the onset of breast cancer, or show smaller breast tumors on ultrasounds or mammograms. Exercise causes estrogen and testosterone, both levels which are linked to breast, prostate, and uterine cancers to lower. Exercise is an easy, chemical free, and non-invasive form of cancer prevention.

Hormone Alternatives

Avoid synthetic hormones which increase the risk of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, women who take a combination of hormone replacement therapies have a higher risk of developing breast cancer by about 5% to 6% of non-hormone user. The American Medical Association explains that women who take estrogen and progestin together after menopause have a 20% chance of getting breast cancer compared with patients that take estrogen only. Along with being a breast cancer risk factor, synthetic hormones increases the chances of breast cancer being discovered in an advanced stage because synthetic hormones influence the effectiveness of a mammogram. Alternatives to synthetic hormones include herbs, minerals, and vitamins. These alternatives help prevent breast cancer.


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