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  • Writer's pictureLisa Raimondo

Reduce your Cancer Risk!

Updated: May 21, 2022

Get More Sleep!

Most experts agree that the average person needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to remain healthy. Though research on breast cancer and sleep is varied — with some studies showing more sleep increases risk, though other factors are involved — there's no question that getting enough sleep helps your body fend off illness, generally speaking. Interruptions in the circadian rhythm, such as uneven sleep schedules or recurring awakenings in the night, also seem to impact health.

Breastfeed If Possible!

Some studies suggest that breastfeeding reduces a woman's risk of breast cancer. A study in The Lancet showed a reduction of just over 4% for every 12 months a new mother breastfed. Researchers think this correlation exists because women don't menstruate while breastfeeding, which lowers their exposure to estrogen, an excess of which appears to increase risk of breast cancer.

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