What are five ways to reduce my risk of breast cancer?
Did you know that almost a quarter of breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented? Here are some lifestyle choices you can make which may help to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
- Keep a healthy weight. Research has shown that keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk of 13 types of cancers, including breast cancer. You can maintain a healthy weight by doing regular exercise and eating a balanced diet.
- Be physically active. Regular exercise helps you to keep a healthy weight. It also lowers levels of hormones and inflammation in your body. Research suggests that this could reduce your risk of breast cancer.
- Drink less alcohol. You can lower your risk by drinking less alcohol.
- Stop smoking. Some evidence suggests that smoking can cause breast cancer. Although, we need more research to be sure of this.
- Check your breasts. Make sure you regularly check your breasts to feel for any lumps or changes.
Research suggests that breastfeeding can also help to protect against breast cancer. Your doctor can provide more advice on ways to manage your risk of breast cancer.
What diet is best to help prevent breast cancer?
You can lower your risk of cancer by eating a balanced diet.
For people who’ve had breast cancer before, foods high in fibre have been recommended to lower the chance of the cancer coming back. High-fibre foods include wholegrain foods such as oats and brown rice. They also include pulses, such as lentils and beans, as well as fruits, vegetables, and potatoes with their skins on.
Try and avoid foods high in saturated fat if you can. These include butter, processed meats, full-fat dairy products and chocolate. You can replace these with unsaturated fats, such as oily fish, avocados, and nuts.
More research is needed to find out which foods can increase your cancer risk.
It’s important to be aware of the risk factors for breast cancer, and things you could do to reduce your risk. If you’re worried about your risk of breast cancer, speak to your doctor for advice and support. Charities such as Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Now can also provide you with support.