Can life­style make a dif­fer­enCe?

Woman & Home - - Health Is The New Wealth -

WHILE YOU CAN’T AL­TER YOUR GENES OR AGE, THERE ARE SOME LIFE­STYLE FAC­TORS THAT WILL MAKE A DIF­FER­ENCE.

GET YOUR WEIGHT DOWN TO A HEALTHY LEVEL. BE­ING OVER­WEIGHT IS THOUGHT TO IN­CREASE LEV­ELS OF OE­STRO­GEN, WHICH IN TURN IN­CREASES RISK OF BREAST CAN­CER.

RE­DUCE THE AMOUNT OF AL­CO­HOL YOU DRINK.

THE MORE YOU DRINK, THE GREATER THE RISK. WOMEN WHO HAVE THREE AL­CO­HOLIC DRINKS A WEEK HAVE A 15% HIGHER RISK OF BREAST CAN­CER THAN WOMEN WHO DON’T DRINK AT ALL – AND EX­PERTS ES­TI­MATE THAT THE RISK GOES UP AN­OTHER 10% FOR EACH AD­DI­TIONAL DRINK WOMEN REG­U­LARLY HAVE EACH DAY.

EX­PO­SURE TO EX­TRA OE­STRO­GEN, EITHER IN

THE CON­TRA­CEP­TIVE PILL, OR IN HRT, CAN ALSO IN­CREASE THE RISK, BUT THE EF­FECT IS SMALL, AND FOR WOMEN WHO TAKE

THE PILL, THE RISK IS BACK TO NOR­MAL TEN YEARS AF­TER YOU STOP TAK­ING IT.

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