Reporting Natalie Nyhus
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Athletes wear more pink in the month of October than any other time of the year. That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Studies show a healthy lifestyle can affect the disease. It’s estimated that each year, nearly a quarter of a million women will be diagnosed with the disease.
But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle today may help prevent breast cancer in the future.
Studies have shown that women who exercise 30 minutes at least three times a week are less likely to develop the disease, partly because exercise helps boost the immune system.
Studies have not shown that a specific diet lowers risk of breast cancer.
“A healthy diet does obviously play a role in maintaining a healthy weight,” said Dr. Sandhya Pruthi. “And I think that’s where women who eat well are at a lower risk of breast cancer.”
And if you’re going to consume alcohol, keep it to one drink or less a day.
“Women who consume two or more alcoholic beverages per day have been found to have an increase risk of breast cancer,” Pruthi said.
A rick that is 20 percent to 30 percent higher — partly because alcohol uses up folic acid, an important B vitamin.
Some women, because of their genetics, will develop Breast cancer, no matter their lifestyle.
But experts say cancer survivors may help prevent a recurrence by adopting these healthy habits.