5 Numbers to Know For Breast Cancer Risk Reduction

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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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