Reduce Your Risk Of Breast Cancer By NOT Doing These Things

October 10, 2018 5:52 pm Published by

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all month long here at your New Haven County urgent care center we’re focusing on prevention, research and awareness. Today, we’re discussing some of the things that you may currently be doing that you could give up or reduce to help minimize your chances of contracting this terrible disease.

While reducing or eliminating things will not guarantee that you will not get get cancer, they have been shown to have an impact.

  • Reduce or eliminate smoking: While smoking is often linked to lung cancer, it can have an impact on your whole body leaving you more susceptible to breast cancer as well as lung cancer.
  • Lose Weight: If you are obese, especially after menopause, you are at a greater risk of contracting breast cancer.
  • Limit exposure to radiation: By limiting your exposure to medical radiation to only when it is absolutely medically necessary, you will reduce your risk of breast cancer.
  • Be active: An active lifestyle is a sure fire way for you to prevent or limit your chances of contracting breast cancer. Exercise has been shown to have a significant impact on whether you get breast cancer.
  • Limit alcohol intake: The general rule of thumb on alcohol is that you should drink no more than 1 drink per day to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

The above list is not exhaustive by any stretch of the imagination, but these are things you can do now that can help you prevent a long battle with breast cancer. If you can manage to make some small changes in your daily habits and live a healthier lifestyle your chances of contracting breast cancer will be significantly reduced.