Over the years, breast cancer awareness has grown by leaps and bounds. Women are more vigilant than ever at taking measures to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Perhaps this is because breast cancer has less data on prevention—unlike heart disease which is the leading cause of death in older women—so it forces people to be extra cautious about their lifestyle habits. Fortunately, there are several ways you can protect yourself from developing the dreaded disease (1).
According to the CDC, here’s a quick rundown on how you can protect yourself and prevent the development of breast cancer…
You will be hard-pressed to find a single person who will tell you NOT to exercise if the goal is to become healthier and fitter. That’s because there are numerous studies that show a link between exercise and a lower risk of breast cancer development.
How challenging should your workouts be? According to studies, high intensity exercise is king because it reduces estrogen hormone levels, which are known for stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells. You can also reduce your risk of developing cancer by up to 25% by doing moderate intensity exercise everyday if you can’t manage high intensity exercise on a regular basis.