Tips for Lowering Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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Regular exercise can help decrease a woman's risk of developing breast cancer.

Although family history has a lot to do with an increased risk of developing breast cancer, there are steps women can take to lower their chance of developing the disease. According to The Wall Street Journal, only 10 percent of breast cancers are caused by an inherited gene such as BRCA1 and 2, and PALB2. 

The source recently highlighted several things that women should do if they want to decrease their chance of developing breast cancer. These include the following:

Maintain a healthy weight 
It's important to maintain a healthy weight for a variety of reasons, and decreasing your risk of breast cancer is one of them. You can stay at a healthy weight by exercising regularly and eating right.

Exercise regularly
It's ideal to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Aim for three to four hours of exercise a week, although five to seven hours is better if you want to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Limit alcohol intake 
The American Cancer Society encourages you to limit your alcohol consumption if you want to lower your risk of breast cancer. While a glass of wine is a nice way to relax in the evening or enjoy with dinner, you should watch how much you're drinking. It's better for your health to have three or fewer drinks a week, including 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.

Quit smoking
Smoking is bad for your health in general, so if you're doing it, quit. Smoking causes lung cancer as well as a plethora of other health issues, so stay away from it if you can. 

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