Though we all hope to improve with age, there is a scary downside to the maturing process: The risk of breast cancer goes up as you age. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 1 in 8 invasive breast cancers develop in women younger than 45. Approximately 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women 55 or older.
The longer we live, the more opportunities there are for genetic damage (mutations) in the body, and as we age, our bodies become less capable of repairing genetic damage.
But don’t pull a Peter Pan on us just yet!
While you can’t stop the aging process, you can make lifestyle choices that can keep your risk as low as it can be:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
- Limiting alcohol
- Eating nutritious food
- Refraining from smoking (or quitting if you do smoke)
These are just a few of the steps you can take; the bottom line is to be conscious of making healthy choices.