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Lifestyle changes you can make to prevent breast cancer

Only 5-10% of diagnosed breast cancers are believed to be inherited, while there are important lifestyle-related factors that have been implicated in increasing the chances of developing the disease. To minimise these changes, we need to recognise the above harmful factors and avoid them:

  • Over-consumption of calories, so that weight exceeds normal levels (BMI> 25)
  • Limited consumption of healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains)
  • Lack of exercise, since moderate to intense exercise for 4-7 hours a week, seems to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  • Consuming more than three portions of alcohol a week, compared to zero consumption, leads to a 15% increase in the chance of developing breast cancer.
  • Smoking among the many diseases with which it has been associated appears to increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer in young, pre-menopausal patients.
  • Menopause hormone replacement therapy for over 5-10 years and long-term use of contraceptives.