Healthy lifestyle choices may help lower your risk of some cancers and other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Although not all the behaviors listed below lower the risk of breast cancer, they are good for overall health.*
Everyone should aim to:
Adapted from the American Cancer Society’s Diet and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention [612-613].
* Being physically active, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol and to a lesser degree, eating fruits and vegetables may help lower your risk of breast cancer. Other guidelines are good for your overall health and may help lower the risk of other types of cancer.
Learn more about diet and breast cancer.
Research shows organic foods are no more nutritious or better for you than foods farmed by conventional methods .
While some people prefer to eat organic foods, eating organic meat, dairy and fruits and vegetables doesn't appear to lower the risk of breast cancer [323,612].
Scientific evidence doesn't show a link between the growth hormones or antibiotics used in conventional animal farming and breast cancer .
Learn more about meat and breast cancer risk.
Learn more about dairy and breast cancer risk.
Organic plants are grown without the use of conventional pesticides. Conventional fruits and vegetables may have low-levels of pesticide residue.
According to the American Cancer Society, the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables outweigh any health risks linked with pesticide residue .
Fruits and vegetables (both organic and conventional) are part of a healthy diet. Buying fresh (or frozen) conventional produce and thoroughly washing and rinsing before eating is always a good practice .
Learn more about fruits and vegetables and breast cancer risk.
Learn more about pesticides and breast cancer risk.
Everyone can benefit from a healthy lifestyle.
Being active, eating a balanced diet and making healthy lifestyle choices can be physically and mentally rewarding at any point in life.
Getting regular screening tests (and treatment if diagnosed) lowers the risk of dying from breast cancer.
Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances for survival are highest.
Learn more about breast cancer screening.
SUSAN G. KOMEN®'S BREAST SELF-AWARENESS MESSAGES
1. Know your risk
2. Get screened
3. Know what is normal for you and see a health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes (see images):
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
Download Komen's Breast Self-Awareness Messages card for more information.
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