213. Dietary Measures to Protect Against Breast Cancer

Several factors determine who will and will not get breast cancer. Women who menstruated earlier than average, who had no children or a late first pregnancy, or who entered menopause late, are at higher-than average risk. So are women whose mother or sister have or had breast cancer.

Another risk factor is diet - and element you can control in two ways.

  1. Get to and stay at a healthy body weight. (See Tip 130 in chapter 5, Weight Loss: Tipping the Scales in Your Favor.) Being overweight past menopause increases the risk of breast cancer.

  2. Limit your alcohol intake. Have no more than 1 drink per day. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, 4 to 5 ounces of wine or 1-1/2 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.

Chapter 9
  1. Women’s Health Problems