Doctor reveals four ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer

It's the number one killer of women between the ages of 20 to 59 and the odds can seem alarming.

One out of every eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. 

More than 266,000 cases will be diagnosed in women in 2018 and more than 40,000 will die. Breast cancer does also occur in men but the incidence rate is less than one percent.

While there is no way to prevent breast cancer, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk.

Dr Marleen Meyers, breast medical oncologist and director of the survivorship program at Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, spoke to Daily Mail Online about some steps everyone can take to decrease probability of a diagnosis.

1. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day   

Several studies have shown that being overweight or obese after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer by as much as 30 to 60 percent.

One reason could be due to estrogen levels. After menopause, estrogen is mainly produced by fat tissue, making heavier women have higher blood estrogen levels than leaner women.

A 2011 study from the Breast Cancer Collaborative Group found that women who have higher estrogen levels have an increased risk of breast cancer. 

'By lowering fat cells that produce estrogen, you could reduce the risk,' Dr Meyers told Daily Mail Online. 'I would recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day with strength training at least two times per week.'

The American Cancer Society recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity per week.

Dr Meyers also says that daily exercise goes hand-in-hand with good nutrition.

'You want to eat a diet that is rich in green leafy vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and not high in oil or fat,' she said. 

Several studies have shown that being overweight or obese after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer by as much as 30 to 60 percent

Several studies have shown that being overweight or obese after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer by as much as 30 to 60 percent

2. Do NOT smoke

Smoking is known to be a factor in many health complications including heart disease, asthma, and even lung cancer.

But smoking could also elevate your risk of getting breast cancer, particularly in postmenopausal

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