By not drinking alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising enough, many cases of breast cancer can be prevented. Read what you can do.
Do not drink alcohol
There is strong evidence that alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer. Even one glass of alcohol increases the risk. Alcoholic beverages also contain many calories and so they can lead to weight gain unnoticed. In this way, alcohol indirectly increases the risk of cancer. Calculate the number of calories in your drink yourself with our Alcohol Calories Calculator . Read more about the link between alcohol and cancer .
Stay on a healthy weight
Obesity, obesity and excessive waist size in adulthood increase your risk of breast cancer after the menopause. It is therefore important to keep your weight healthy and to prevent you from gaining weight. Eating healthy and exercising more help keep your weight healthy. Use our BMI calculator and measure your waist to check if you have a healthy weight.
Exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer. Every form of movement is good. Think of walking, cycling, household chores, gardening, swimming and dancing. It is also good to regularly exercise intensively, such as running, swimming hard, cycling, fitness and team sports such as football and basketball. Indeed, intensive exercise can protect against breast cancer before menopause * .
Are you moving enough already? Discover it in our lifestyle test . Read more about the link between exercise and cancer .
Breastfeed if possible
Breastfeeding is healthy for your baby and breastfeeding helps protect you against breast cancer. Our advice is to exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months. You can then supplement breastfeeding with other foods. Read more about breastfeeding and cancer .
Breast cancer before or after the menopause
Research into the relationship between diet and lifestyle and the risk of breast cancer takes the time of diagnosis into account. In other words, whether the disease is diagnosed before and after the menopause (transition).