6 Simple Changes You Can Make to Prevent Breast Cancer

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Cut back on alcohol

While a little might feel okay, heavy drinking leaves you feeling lousy—not to mention bloated and tired. Here’s another reason to watch your intake: Women who downed 14 or more drinks a week were nearly 35 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than women who stuck to less than five drinks weekly, suggests a new study published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Give up the hormones

Many think that hormone pills and therapy is a good thing, and some doctors still recommend therapy for women experiencing symptoms of menopause. Women may need to be their own health advocate—here are some other issues where your doctor may not realize what’s best for you—because numerous studies suggest that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be downright dangerous. For example, breastcancer.org says that combination HRT (estrogen and progesterone) increases breast cancer risk by about 75%, even if used for a short time. And estrogen-only HRT has been linked to ovarian cancer; long-term use can up breast cancer risk as well.

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