Tips to help you lower your risk of developing breast cancer

(WXYZ) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a good time to take charge of your health.

Many of us have a family member, friend or co-worker who had or has breast cancer.  It may even be you. After non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women. The National Cancer Institute estimates more than 200,000 women in the United States will develop breast cancer this year alone.

Take action in these six ways to lower your risk:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a low-fat diet with lots of fruit and vegetables.
  • Avoid hormone replacement therapy or learn about its risks and benefits before you consider it.
  • Lower or limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
  • Get screened for breast cancer regularly.

When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is the best defense. When caught early, many women with will go on to live long and healthy lives.

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