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Prevent yourself from breast cancer

  1. Detect the disease before symptoms occur. Do  regular monthly breast self-examination (immediately after the monthly periods, if you are menstruating or fix a certain date, if not menstruating) and get mammography screening every 2 years starting at age 40.
  2. Prevent obesity by consuming  a healthy diet and keep weight under control. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fiber is recommended. High-fat diets can lead to being overweight or obese, which is a risk factor for breast cancer.
  3. Get 10 to 19 hours of physical activity per week to reduce risk of developing breast cancer.
  4.  Limit alcohol consumption as it increases the risk of developing breast cancer. If you choose to drink alcohol - including beer, wine or liquor - limit yourself to no more than one half to one drink a day on an average.
  5. Determine if you have a family history of breast cancer. Genetic testing can offer information about women’s personal and family risk of developing breast cancer. If your tests detect a gene mutation, options are available to significantly reduce your risk of cancer.