Today is the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day, which is your chance to help raise money and awareness for all Australian women affected by breast cancer.
One in every nine Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.
While the cause of breast cancer is unknown, factors such as body weight, physical activity alcohol and hormone replacement therapy have been proven to influence risk.
Research has found that women who exercised 30-45 minutes each day had a 20-40 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who were inactive.
Studies have also revealed that the risk of breast cancer increases with each additional drink, which means women should limit their intake to one glass of alcohol a day and aim for a few alcohol-free days each week.
Reducing your risk
The Cancer Council of NSW recommends the following 10 easy steps to help women reduce their breast cancer risk:
1. Keep active.
2. Eat five serves of vegetables and two pieces of fruit daily.
3. Keep your weight within normal range.
4. Drink less alcohol.
5. Don't smoke.
6. Know your own breasts if you notice any changes see your doctor immediately.
7. If you are between 50 and 69 have a free mammogram every two years.
8. Keep informed, call the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20 if you have any questions regarding cancer.
9. Have your breasts examined regularly by your doctor.
10. Menopausal women should consult their doctors about all the risks and benefits of taking HRT.
This information has been provided by The Cancer Council.
Show your support for breast cancer by holding a pink fundraiser or making a donation on Pink Ribbon day.