5 Top Tips to reduce your risk | Breast Cancer UK

5 Top Tips to reduce your risk

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.  Each year over 55,000 people (1) are diagnosed with this terrible disease.  

Sadly not all breast cancers are preventable.  Yet at least 1 in 4 breast cancer cases each year in the UK are thought to be preventable(2).

We can't totally eliminate our risk of breast cancer, but there is a lot we can do to reduce our risk - and in doing so, we'll reduce our risk of a lot of other illnesses and conditions too.

Simple lifestyle changes can help to reduce breast cancer risk. We can also take simple steps to reduce our exposures to environmental pollutants that are linked to breast cancer.

Our guide provides tips and advice on lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk - simply said these are:

  • Reduce your alcohol intake
  • Exercise more
  • Improve your diet
  • Reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Reduce use of HRT and consider alternatives to oral contraception

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For more details about the science behind our top five tips please see our background briefing: Top five tips for improving your health and reducing your risk of breast cancer

For a full list of the refernces used to make this guide can be found here.

 

Page last updated October 18, 2017

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