If you want to reduce your risk of breast cancer, here’s some things you can do.
- Avoid the Sauce. Science Daily reported in 2007, “One of the largest individual studies of the effects of alcohol on the risk of breast cancer has concluded that it makes no difference whether a woman drinks wine, beer or spirits (liquor) — it is the alcohol itself (ethyl alcohol) and the quantity consumed that is likely to trigger the onset of cancer.” The study found consuming more than three drinks a day increases your risk by 30 percent.
- Chow Down on Egg Yolk. Egg yolks are rich in choline, which is a water-soluble essential compound. The Mt. Sinai School of Medicine did a study in relation to choline and released their findings in January 2008. It showed those who consume the highest levels of choline also had the lowest risk of developing breast cancer.
- Get Moving. According to a 2005 study conducted by Dr. Michelle Holmes of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Women who exercised the equivalent of walking about one hour a week, at a two to three mile-per-hour pace, had a lower risk of dying from breast cancer than women who got less than an hour’s worth of physical activity each week.”
- Sidestep Junk Food. When Chinese women were introduced to junk food, their rates of breast cancer soared sharply, according to MSNBC. Reports show since 1997 and after introduction to a western diet, breast cancer in Chinese women increased by 31 percent. Doctors contribute the increase to poor diets and elevated amounts of fat.
- Swallow Aspirin. Dr. Alfred Neugut, co-director of the Cancer Prevention Center at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, reported that taking baby aspirin reduces your breast cancer risk by 25-30 percent. Aspirin has non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory benefits, which “reduces the levels of estrogens in the breast and thereby prevents breast cancer.” However, don’t run out and start taking it without your doctor’s approval because it can have side effects.