Lifestyle — Breast Cancer Ways To Lower Your Risk
by Rebecca Jones

About 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

In 2016, it is estimated that 246,660 women and 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.

While mortality rates have been going down since 1989, breast cancer is still extremely common in women. And about 40,450 women are expected to lose their battle to breast cancer this year.

That's a massively upsetting number.

Most of us have had a loved one who went through the brutal process of fighting breast cancer. Some of us have lost people to it, and many of us have gone through the process ourselves. It's awful and completely life-changing.

As women, it can be a worry that's often in the back of our minds. The stats aren't in our favor, so what can we do to prevent it?

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Some factors linked to breast cancer — family history, your age, your gender, genetics — can't be changed. That's why it's important to perform monthly breast exams on yourself.

Other factors like exercising, abstaining from smoking, being at a healthy weight and eating well have been proven by top researchers to help lower your risk of developing breast cancer.

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That's why it's important to live a healthy lifestyle as best you can, starting when you're young.

Simple things like getting a good night's sleep and eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables are key in lowering your risk.

If you plan on being a mother, having a baby before the age of 30 and breastfeeding can help reduce your risk as well.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we've created a video that highlights key health tips that can significantly lower your risk of developing breast cancer.

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