Simple steps to prevent breast cancer
Feb 13, 2012
Even though there is no way to prevent breast cancer definitely, there are some preventative measures that women can take to ensure they are doing their best to avoid it, according to The Atlantic.
First off, exercise does the body good in a number of ways - including keeping breast cancer at bay. Also, be aware of what an individual's body mass index is. The news source reports that gaining weight during adulthood increases the chances of getting the disease.
Additionally, learning how to do a self-exam is extremely imperative. It comes as no surprise that it is also advisable to limit drinking and quit smoking, as these are also indicators of breast cancer risk, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.