TAKE ACTION THURSDAY: Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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One of Susan G. Komen’s breast health self-awareness messages is: Make healthy lifestyle choices.

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Here are five healthy lifestyle choices you can make that may reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Maintain a healthy weight:

  • Gaining weight after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer.
  • Weight gain of 20 pounds or more after the age of 18 may increase your risk of breast cancer.
  • If you have gained weight, losing weight may lower your risk of breast cancer.

Add exercise into your routine:

Physical activity involves the energy that you release from your body. It not only burns energy (calories) but may also help lower the risk of breast cancer. This is because exercise lowers estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels and boosts the function of immune system cells that attack tumors. Here is all it takes to get started:

  • If you have been inactive for a long time…

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