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Consumer Health: Women's health and living a longer, healthier life

Laurel Kelly, Mayo Clinic News Network on

Published in Health & Fitness

You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by:

— Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink to no more than one drink a day, if you choose to drink.

— Exercising most days of the week, aiming for at least 30 minutes.

— Maintaining a healthy weight.

— Eating a healthy diet, focused mostly on plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.

You can reduce your risk of lung cancer by:

— Not smoking, or quitting if you already do.

— Avoiding secondhand smoke.

— Eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables.

 

— Exercising most days of the week.

You can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by:

— Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

— Drinking alcohol in moderation, if at all.

— Not smoking, or quitting if you already do.

— Exercising most days of the week.

— Maintaining a healthy weight.

The pattern is clear, but it may seem overwhelming. You may not know where to begin, or how much difference a few small steps can make. Take control of your health by talking with your health care team about your lifestyle and health history. Then get serious about reducing your risk.

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