Do These Things to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer ...

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Letโ€™s not beat around the bush.

Breast cancer is a major issue in female health.

According to the American Cancer Society roughly 1 in 8 U.S.

women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

It was expected there would be more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in 2015.

These are figures to really sit up and take notice of.

Breast cancer is non-discriminatory by age or by sex or ethnicity.

Nothing can guarantee you wonโ€™t get it, but there are things you can do to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

1. Quit Smoking

One of the ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer, and many other types of cancer, is to quit smoking.

Thereโ€™s a strong body of evidence that suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk.

In a study published in 2013, researchers found that women who smoked had a 24% higher incidence of cancer over the 13 year study, and a 13% higher incidence among former smokers than women who never smoked.

The risk increases for those who started smoking while young, and is more pronounced in premenopausal women.

2. Limit Your Alcohol Intake

The more alcohol you drink the greater your risk of eventually developing breast cancer.

Even small amounts of alcohol increase our risk, so there is no โ€œsafeโ€ amount.

Alcohol can increase levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.

As a result, women who drink as few as 3 alcoholic drinks per week may increase their risk by as much as 15 percent.

3. If You Have a Choice, Breast Feed Your Baby

Breastfeeding supplies a certain amount of protection against breast cancer, surprisingly.

Itโ€™s also provides many immunities to your baby.

There seems to be more benefits if your breastfeed for one year or longer.

Some researchers speculate that making breast milk limits the breast cells from acting abnormally, women have fewer menstrual cycles which mean estrogen levels are lower, and many women tend to eat better when nursing.

Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of Type II diabetes, ovarian cancer, and post-partum depression.

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