Experts estimate that about one in eight women born in the U.S. today will be diagnosed with breast cancer. You may already know someone who is battling it. "Much of what causes breast cancer is not something that a woman has control over," says Dr. George Sledge, professor of medicine and chief of the division of oncology at Stanford. That's a scary thing to hear about a disease that kills nearly 40,000 U.S. women a year.
But there's hope: Some of what causes breast cancer can be controlled -- they're what doctors call "modifiable" risk factors. By making a few positive changes now, you can lower the chance that you'll get a diagnosis. "I'm not going to say all of them are super easy, but I think they're doable," says Dr. Therese Bevers, professor of clinical cancer prevention and medical director of the cancer prevention center at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. "And if need be, your physician can help you with resources to do them successfully."
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