October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there’s no better time to share some prevention tips. Here are a few tips that may help lower your risk of breast cancer (and help you live an overall healthier lifestyle):
- Perform self-exams every month to check for any changes in the breast tissue. These self-exams may be able to help women spot abnormalities early.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese may increase your risk of developing breast cancer, as well as other conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Evidence may suggest that the more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer.
- Don’t smoke. Evidence may suggest a link between smoking and breast cancer risk.
- Be physically active, which will help you maintain a healthy weight as well. You may want to aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity.
Tip adapted from Mayo Clinic