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How to to stay clear of breast cancer

health and fitness Updated: Dec 03, 2010 01:01 IST
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Breast cancer accounts for 10.4 percent of all cancer incidence among women, making it the most common type of non-skin cancer in women. Here's how you can stay clear of this dreaded disease.

1 Go easy on the pill: Women below the age of 35 years, who have been using oral contraceptive pills for more than 10 years, are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. So consult a doctor before popping those pills.

2 Exercise matters: A woman who exercises at least four hours per week reduces her risk of breast cancer. Exercise pumps up the immune system and cuts the estrogen (female hormone) level. So, include more physical activity in your daily schedule. A brisk walk or a session of amateur tennis in the garden will help, too. Other simple things, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, will do good.

Breast Cancer3 Breast feeding helps: Breast cancer is more common among spinsters. Women who are married but have not given birth to children are also more prone to it. Another factor that adds to the risk is not breast-feeding after giving birth.

4 No smoking: Smoking and alcohol intake are known to increase the risk of the disease. So shun the habits if you want to stay safe. Also, you need to be extra cautious if you have a family history of breast cancer.

5 Hormone-replacement therapy: It has been shown that continuous or sequential uses of combined oestrogen plus progestin hormone therapy (CHT) after the end of menstruation cycle are linked with an increased risk of breast cancer. A regular yearly check-up is recommended.