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Here are 3 Lifestyle Guides to Become Breast-Cancer Free

October 6
6:00 AM 2016

For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, making it the second most common and lethal type of cancer among American women. However, according to a nutritionist, there are three steps women can take to reduce their risk.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) estimates that about one-third of breast cancer cases could be prevented with weight control, exercise and cutting back on alcohol.

Alice Bender, Head of Nutrition Programs at AICR said, "While there are no guarantees when it comes to developing cancer, what we do know is that women can take steps every day to reduce the odds of developing breast cancer, along with many other cancers and chronic disease."

About 40,450 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2016 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.

First among the three steps is to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. About 20 percent of breast cancer cases are due to excess body fat. And along with breast cancer, overweight and obesity increases the risk of 10 other cancers, Bender said in an institute news release.

The second step is to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. Doing so helps manage weight and boost the immune system. Through this, women can be saved from having breast cancer.

Third step is either avoid alcohol or drink in moderation. Even small amounts of alcohol on a regular basis increase the risk of breast cancer, according to Bender. Women who drink should limit their alcohol consumption to one glass a day.

Bender furthered that according to several researches, it is also found that breast-feeding reduces the risk of breast cancer among women.

"When it comes to breast cancer, you can take control to lower risk through lifestyle changes that offer powerful protection," Bender said.

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