Breast Cancer Prevention

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle Changes


Do you worry about getting breast cancer? You're not alone. Most women think about breast cancer at least once in a while and wonder what they can do to prevent it. While there are some factors you can't control,1 we at Athena® want to help you make healthy changes to reduce your risk. Here are some breast cancer prevention strategies proven by scientific research:


  • Get moving. Studies show that exercise reduces breast cancer risk.2 Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week.2 If you're new to exercise, start slowly and build gradually.
  • Control your weight. Being overweight after menopause, or because of weight gain that took place as an adult, is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.2 Although the relationship between diet and breast cancer prevention is unclear, it is clear that a healthy diet helps you maintain a healthy weight and has other health benefits, as well.3
  • Limit alcohol. Drinking alcohol, including beer, wine or liquor, is now clearly linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.2,3 Women who have one drink a day have a small increased risk, while those who consume 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1½ times the risk of women who drink no alcohol.2 If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than 1 drink per day.

For More Information:
1Breast cancer risk factors you cannot change, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/breastcancerearlydetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-risk-factors-you-cannot-change
2Lifestyle-related factors, http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/MoreInformation/BreastCancerEarlyDetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-risk-lifestyle-related
3Breast cancer prevention: How to reduce your risk, Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer-prevention/WO00091