The Boston Globe “Daily Dose” blog reports that a study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology “compared 6,386 healthy women with 3,074 breast cancer patients.”
The researchers then “calculated the percentage of cancer cases attributed” to particular risk factors and found that about “37 percent of all postmenopausal breast cancers are caused by factors women can’t change, such as:
However, the researchers also determined that nearly “30 percent of breast cancers could be prevented by modifying certain lifestyle habits.”
The biggest lifestyle habits were “use of hormone replacement therapy and a lack of physical activity,” while excess “body weight and alcohol consumption” played minor roles.
So, what can you do, as a woman, to reduce YOUR risk of breast cancer:
By the way, this new study mirrors another of which I’ve blogged, “Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds“. That study recommended:
The major new change is in the alcohol recommendations. You can read more about this in my blog “Study indicates moderate alcohol consumption increases women’s risk of cancer“.