“How do I prevent breast cancer?”
It’s one of the most common questions we get asked and one we encourage you to keep asking. But with few known causes and several evolving risk factors, the answer is not as simple as we wish it were.
The best place to start is to be proactive in knowing, understanding and reducing your breast cancer risk factors wherever possible. You may not have the power to change your history or DNA, but how you live – what you put in and on your body, what you expose yourself to, your level of physical activity and breast awareness – is up to you!
The average woman has a 1 in 9 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime, with the greatest risk occurring after the age of 55. The most proven and significant breast cancer risk factors are being female and getting older. The good news is that there are small positive lifestyle changes that can add up to big improvements in your overall health which may help to reduce your risk of breast cancer like diet and exercise.
Rethink Breast Cancer encourages young women to reduce their risk of breast cancer by limiting how much alcohol they drink, maintaining a healthy weight, being regularly physically active and exercising caution when it comes to chemical exposure through personal care and household products, and choosing foods and beverages.