Can I prevent breast cancer?

Since the causes of breast cancer are not known, prevention is difficult. Nevertheless, several risk factors are important to note, since they can be controlled and minimized.

Researchers have noted that there is a correlation between diets and breast cancer.

The following advice is applicable:

  • Maintaining a normal weight and eliminating saturated (especially animal) fats
  • Daily physical activity and exercise
  • Eliminating the use of alcohol

Avoiding weight gain or obesity during menopause is especially important, because weight gain/obesity trigger the increase of estrogen in the bloodstream, which is a risk factor for developing breast cancer.

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 26 Oct 2017
Medical Author: Dr. med. Diana Hysi