May 19, 2017

Lowering Your Breast Cancer Risk – Small and Simple Lifestyle Changes

By Jennifer McAlister, MD

A recent article in the New York Times jumped out at me because the writer did a great job of discussing how women can lower their risk of breast cancer through healthy living. What I really like is that it outlines small and simple lifestyle changes that not only reduce risk of breast cancer, but also decrease risk of cardiovascular disease.

Let’s take a deeper look at the simple lifestyle changes we can all make to lower our risk for breast cancer:

  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Alcohol in moderation
  • Quit smoking

It is important to realize that even making a few of these changes reduces our risk.


Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, is a Fellowship Trained Breast Surgeon at Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health.

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