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2 lifestyle changes could help women avoid breast cancer, study says

April 08, 2019 - 4:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Breast cancer affects one out eight women in the United States.

According to a new study of over 200,000 women published in the International Journal of Cancer, many of these cases of breast cancer could be avoided by making two lifestyle changes: Weight reduction and avoidance of alcohol.

According to the authors of the research, the number of women who will develop breast cancer is increasing because of the fact that our country is facing what has been called an obesity epidemic.

The researchers found that regular alcohol consumption is the second largest lifestyle contributor to breast cancer.

Believe it or not-- the risk of breast cancer is increased by simply drinking one alcoholic drink per day.

Naturally more studies are being conducted in this area, but the bottom line is that lifestyle modification and reduction of alcohol can have dramatic benefits.