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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Lose Waist

Decrease your risk of breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence by getting your abdominal fat to disappear. “Body fat boosts estrogen storage, so the heavier you are, the more circulating estrogen you’ll store and the more circulating harmful estrogen you’ll have,” says Jill Dietz, MD, a breast cancer surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. The good news is, you don’t have to be a size six to reduce your risk. Research shows that even moderate weight and waist loss— 5 percent of your weight or more — in overweight and obese women can lower breast cancer risk by 25 percent. Visceral, or belly, fat is especially dangerous, so whittle your middle. The quickest way to get rid of a spare tire: portion control and reduced intake of stripped carbohydrates. Failing that, try resistance exercises, and in a distant third place, vigorous cardio (exercise) like jogging or speed-walking.

Build a breast cancer-fighting menu, with help from ClevelandClinicWellness.com.

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