FIT for Women

Three things to help reduce your risk

By The Edith Sanford team

February 6, 2014

200380489-001 It seems like every day brings a new headline about what you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. And that headline usually contradicts a study that everyone was talking about just a few months ago.

The confusion can be disheartening and enough to make you give up on trying to incorporate prevention into your daily life, but it doesn’t have to be complicated!

If you want to help reduce your risk of breast cancer, there are many simple lifestyle changes you can make. Here are three changes that aren’t drastic, and they’re common sense enough that committing to them will seem like a no-brainer!

1. Mind the Scale

A key to reducing your risk is maintaining a healthy weight. It can be tempting to accept an expanding waistline as a natural part of getting older, but keeping weight gain in check or losing extra pounds can play a major role in breast health. Obesity causes damaging processes that can increase your odds of developing breast cancer, so work to maintain a healthy weight or aim to get down to one.

Start with an attainable goal, such as 10 percent of your body weight, and you’ll be amazed by how good it will feel to reach that milestone for your health. Plus, it just may be the excuse you need for a major shopping spree to replace your now too-big wardrobe!

2. Get Moving

We know that maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce breast cancer risk, but regular physical activity also plays a key role. Walking just 60 minutes a day can significantly lower your risk of breast cancer! If you’ve been needing another nudge to make regular exercise part of your daily life, let this be it! Plus, when you get moving, it’s easier to mind the scale.  Two birds, one stone, etc.

3. Just Say No

A glass of wine after a long day. A few happy hour cocktails with your coworkers. Mimosas at Sunday brunch. All those beverages can add up to a greater breast cancer risk. Like anything else, moderation is key; try to limit yourself to no more than one drink per day.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the prospect of taking action to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Small, healthy changes in your everyday life can have a big impact down the road.

So, no more excuses – get started today!