Information about how to reduce your risk of breast cancer

Making lifestyle changes isn't always easy and there is no guarantee that you won't develop breast cancer. However, according to its’ ongoing review of the research, the American Institute of Cancer Research estimates the risk can be reduced by 40 per cent by making these changes.                                      

  • Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • If you drink at all, women should limit the amount to one drink a day, and men to two drinks a day.
  • Upon giving birth, consider breastfeeding for up to six months and then add other liquids and foods to the baby's diet.


The Canadian Cancer Society suggests:

  • Avoid taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) if you can.
  • Don't smoke and avoid second-hand smoke   

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