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 awhile 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