5 Numbers to Know For Breast Cancer Risk Reduction


In 2015, over 40,000 women will die from breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Only lung cancer tops the gender-biased blight as the primary cause of cancer death in American women.

There are a few things a lady can do to protect herself from the dangers posed by breast cancer. Getting to know your breasts by performing regular self-exams is one of the best ways to spot a potential problem before it becomes a major health concern.

Another way to cut your chances of developing this deadly disease is by adopting healthy lifestyle habits that include a nutritious diet and a regular exercise program.

But just how much do you need to work out every week? How much weight gain is too much?

5 Facts About Breast Cancer Prevention

  1. 40 years: the age you should start getting an annual mammogram. Only about 5 percent of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women who are younger than 40. In fact, the average age of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer is 61, says the National Cancer Institute.
  2. 88 percent: the odds a woman with stage one breast cancer will live at least five more years, according to the ACS.
  3. 2 or more: the number of daily alcoholic drinks that may raise your chances for developing breast cancer by 20 percent. After conducting a review of more than 50 different studies on the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer risk, a group of British researchers determined that for each alcoholic beverage drunk in a day, a woman's breast cancer risk rose by seven percent.
  4. 20 pounds: the extra body mass that could bump your breast cancer risk by 45 percent. Having excess fatty tissues can increase the amount of cancer-fueling estrogen in a post-menopausal woman's body. Since the majority of breast cancers happen in older women, if you are at (or nearing) menopause, you should consider maintaining a healthy weight as a crucial step to take to avoid the disease.
  5. 5 hours: the minimum amount of time you need to spend sweating each week to ward off breast cancer. Numerous studies indicate that sticking to a regular exercise regimen can lower a woman's chances of developing breast cancer by as much as 20 percent. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) suggests a workout regimen that includes a combination of cardio and strength training.
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