Is it possible for lifestyle and dietary choices to decrease the probability of developing breast cancer?
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Depends on the origin (type) of breast cancer. So far, changes in two genes, the high-risk "breast cancer genes" BRCA1 and BRCA2, have been implicated in its development. Other risk factors include obesity, lack of exercise, Type II diabetes mellitus, unhealthy diet (especially high-fat diet), consumption of alcohol and nicotine, long-term replacement of female sex hormones after menopause, and chest radiation in childhood. If breast cancer is not related to genetic issues, adopting an alcohol-free and non-smoking lifestyle, along with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, will definitely help in preventing cancer.