16 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Defy the odds with these breast-cancer-busting lifestyle strategies from Cleveland Clinic experts (19 Photos)

Jill Provost on Oct 1, 2013 at 4:44PM

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16 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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Ask Your Doc: Should You Be Taking Two Baby Aspirins (162 mg) a Day?

While aspirin increases the risk of stomach ulcers and other bleeding, research has also shown that it protects against cancers of the breast, colon, esophagus, prostate, and ovaries, as well as four other cancers. And it may decrease the risk of death from those cancers. A handful of studies have revealed that women with breast cancer who regularly take aspirin are 64 percent less likely to die. You can minimize the side effects by taking half a glass of warm water before and after the two babies (aspirins). Overall benefits should exceed the risk in average-risk women taking estrogen (including creams and birth control pills) who are over age 45. And consistent use is key — an occasional aspirin after drinking too much alcohol probably doesn’t protect your breasts, for example. And three drinks every day will neutralize any benefits provided by two daily baby aspirins (see below).

Learn more about how to live well longer, from ClevelandClinicWellness.com.

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