5 ways to stay healthier, possibly decrease breast cancer risk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This article is sponsored by the Institute for Functional Health.

Do you know someone that has or had breast cancer?

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it's important to understand the severity that this disease brings both men and women.

Approximately 12% of U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer even affects men -- about 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2019.

According to MedicalNewsToday, "Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer." 

We have some tips on how you can prevent your risk of having breast cancer. 

1. Keep weight managed.

If you are overweight or obese, this factor can increase your risk of breast cancer. 

2. Reduce alcohol intake.

Even alcohol can cause you to get breast cancer. The more alcohol you consume the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. Try to limit yourself to less than one drink a day. 

3. Quit smoking.

"Evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women." 

4. Exercise daily.

Exercise, exercise and exercise. Yes, you may hate the idea of exercising and getting sweaty, but daily exercise dramatically affects your overall health. Daily physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which helps reduce your risk of breast cancer. 

5. Eat tons of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The next time you're at your local grocery store, stock up on your favorite veggies and fruits. Fruits and vegetables can have a role in a healthy diet, and they may also help prevent the development of breast cancer:

The Institute for Functional Health founded by Dr. Jacob Torres can help you find what's causing unwanted fat to stick around, and to help you take control of your health without taking medications with its cutting-edge technology.

For more information, visit instituteforfunctionalhealth.com or call 210-987-8971. 



About the Author

Kiersten has been a Digital Content Creator with KSAT12 since 2017. She graduated from Texas State University with an electronic media degree and previously worked for the Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

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