02. Maintain an active lifestyle
Regular physical activity helps to keep hormones in your body at healthy levels. This is important because when you produce high levels of some hormones such as estrogen, your risk of breast cancer can increase.
Research has shown that regular exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer. This is especially true for younger women during adolescence, as well as older women after menopause. It’s estimated that if women in BC who don’t currently exercise became physically active, we could reduce the province’s breast cancer rate by 11%.
When it comes to reducing their risk of breast cancer through physical activity, studies suggest that certain women may benefit the most. This includes women who:
- have previously given birth
- have a healthy body weight
- have no family history of breast cancer.
What you can do:
It is important to maintain regular physical activity throughout your life. Most experts agree that to effectively reduce your risk of breast cancer, you need to engage in moderate activity most days of the week. Vigorous activity is even better for your breast health.