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Healthy living can prevent breast cancer

September 1, 2009 5:48:59 AM PDT
New research has found that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly decrease a woman's chances of developing breast cancer.The new study published Tuesday found that nearly 40 percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. could be prevented if women kept a healthy weight, drank less alcohol, exercised more, and breastfed their babies.

Researchers reviewed 81 new studies on the links between lifestyle and cancer, and found that following those guidelines could prevent 70,000 breast cancer cases in the U.S. each year alone.

"We are now more certain than ever that by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and limiting the amount of alcohol they drink, women can dramatically reduce their risk," said Dr. Martin Wiseman of the American Institute for Cancer Research, who led the study.

The report recommends exercising at least 30 minutes every day, and that women should limit alcohol to just one drink a day.

Breast cancer kills 40,000 women in the U.S. every year.

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