Here's How To Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of death for all American women and is the number one cause of death (PDF) for many minority populations. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women, behind only lung cancer. 

Lung cancer is often considered a very preventable form of cancer. But did you know that breast cancer is also preventable? Here are some startling facts from the American Institute for Cancer Research:

Reduce your risk of breast cancer infographic

Source: American Institute for Cancer Research

As Benjamin Franklin said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We can all take steps to reduce our risk of developing breast cancer, including:

  • Reduce consumption of alcohol - The American Cancer Society recommends that women restrict alcohol consumption to one drink a day; men to two drinks a day
  • Eat healthy nutritious food
  • Get active and stay active
  • Quit using tobacco - There is no direct evidence that smoking is a risk factor for breast cancer, although recent research suggests there may be a link. Since smoking is still a major cause of cancer death in the US, the American Cancer Society recommends stop using tobacco and avoid second-hand smoke.

Raising awareness about breast cancer is a great first step, but we should also lead healthier lives and encourage our friends and family to do the same. Together, we can work to prevent breast cancer in tens-of-thousands of women and men.