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Ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—the perfect time to learn how to take preventive action and reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world. In American women, it is the most diagnosed cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths. And while there are things you can’t control (like family history, genes, ethnicity, etc.), there are things you can do to help lower your risk. Certain studies have shown that 50-70% of breast cancers can be prevented based on when people make certain lifestyle changes.

Thanks to our partners at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), below is a list of 10 actions you can take that may positively impact your risk of developing breast cancer and improve your general health.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Eat less meat
  3. Eat more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains
  4. Limit alcohol
  5. Quit smoking
  6. Exercise regularly
  7. Breastfeed, if you can
  8. Evaluate your hormone use
  9. Know your family history
  10. If you know you have a high risk, consider other options

For further detail on the list above, please visit BCRF’s blog.

BCRF was founded in 1993 with a mission to fund the best researchers in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. In fact, BCRF-funded researchers have been involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer research since its inception.

Ajax is proud to partner with BCRF and to highlight the importance of preventive care this Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Ajax is donating $35,000 to BCRF to fuel 700 hours of lifesaving breast cancer research.