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    Understanding the terms "absolute risk" and "relative risk"

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  • Family and Friends Can Benefit Your Health

    Posted on: Oct 28, 2015

    While recovering from my own breast cancer surgery, there were long stretches when I felt alone, hungry, and in pain. I was afraid to get out of bed and walk down the stairs. Only I came to my...

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  • Acupuncture: What Is It and How Can It Help?

    Posted on: Jun 17, 2015

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Content Spotlight: Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Eating Unhealthy Food

Diet is thought to be at least partly responsible for about 30% to 40% of all cancers. No food or diet can prevent you from getting breast cancer, but some foods can make your body the healthiest it can be and boost your immune system.

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Smoking is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women. Research also has shown that there may be link between very heavy second-hand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

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Drinking Alcohol

Research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages increases a woman's risk of breast cancer, particularly hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells.

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