Learn how to lower your risk of breast cancer

The two main risk factors for getting breast cancer are being born a woman and getting older. You can't change those risks—or some others, like a family history of the disease. But you may be able to lower your risk with these lifestyle choices.

4 ways to help head off breast cancer

  1. Think before you drink. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of breast cancer.
  2. Get moving. Regular exercise is breast-friendly. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, a week. Or go for 75 minutes of more vigorous exercise like running. It’s also good to do some strength training too.
  3. Keep an eye on the scale. A healthy weight—particularly after menopause—is important.
  4. Know the pros and cons of combined hormone therapy. Using estrogen and progesterone together to treat menopause symptoms for even a few years raises the risk of breast cancer.

Sources: American Cancer Society; National Cancer Institute

Take this quiz to see if you can separate the myths from the facts about breast cancer.

reviewed 1/23/2018

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