Top tips for breast cancer prevention

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, there are four simple steps that you can take to decrease your risk for breast cancer:

1. Cut down on alcohol
There’s strong evidence that drinking alcohol increases breast cancer risk. To reduce your risk as much as possible, it is recommended that you consume no alcohol at all.  If you do choose to drink, try to stick to no more than one drink a day and aim to have a few alcohol-free days a week.

2. Have a healthy body weight
Being a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do to help protect against breast cancer. Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are easy ways to check if you are a healthy weight and shape.

3. Be more active
Being physically active can help reduce your cancer risk but this doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. Every type of activity counts, and the more you do the better. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity every day.

4. If you can, breastfeed your baby
Breastfeeding is good for your baby’s health and it can also help protect you against breast cancer. It is best for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for up to six months.

5. Don’t smoke
Smoking has been linked to increased breast cancer risk. Cut the habit as soon as you can.

Did you know?
Pick n Pay is committed to promoting health and wellbeing among South Africans, and employs a Registered Dietitian to provide free nutrition-related advice to the public. Contact Leanne Kiezer via the Pick n Pay Health Hotline on 0800 11 22 88 or to start your nutrition conversation.

You might also want to read this post on how to conduct a breast self-exam. 

You can also visit to find a dietitian in your area who is registered with the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA).