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  • Writer's pictureArwen Rasmussen

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Avoid becoming overweight. Avoid gaining weight over time, and try to maintain a body-mass index under 25.

Eat healthy to avoid tipping the scale. Embrace a diet high in vegetables & fruit and low in sugared drinks, refined carbohydrates & fatty foods.

Keep physically active. Increased physical activity, even when begun later in life, reduces overall breast-cancer risk.

Drink little or no alcohol. Women should limit intake to no more than one drink per day, regardless of the type of alcohol.

Avoid hormone replacement therapy. Menopausal hormone therapy increases risk for breast cancer.

Don't smoke. Long-term smoking is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in some women.

Breast-feed your babies for as long as possible. Women who breast-feed their babies for at least a year in total have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer later.

Get fit and support breast cancer research at the same time. Regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer.


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