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Kim's Tip: Walking for Breast Cancer Prevention

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Published: Oct. 20, 2017 at 1:30 PM EDT
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Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Let’s do a quick recap on lifestyle factors that can help reduce breast cancer risk. First up, eat more fruits and vegetables. A diet high in fruit and vegetables is a great way to decrease cancer risk.

One thing we have not yet mentioned is alcohol, in moderation alcohol has benefits for the heart, but as little as one drink a day increases breast cancer risk. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may want to avoid alcohol.

If you don't want to avoid alcohol completely, choose at least a few alcohol-free days each week, and stick to the moderation limit on other days. Some wine-lovers may prefer to enjoy one glass of a favorite wine, and then switch to non-alcoholic options. Others may prefer to get the same limited alcohol by choosing a wine spritzer, with half wine and half club soda or sparkling water.

Being overweight increases breast cancer risk, especially as women reach the menopausal years and of course that brings us to activity level which is of great benefit in weight reduction but also in cancer risk reduction-even in the absence of weight loss.

The Miracle Mile this year will be on October 21 at the Augusta Common and you can sign up at

. Not only will the walk itself provide cancer preventative activity, but 100% of the proceeds stay right here in the CSRA and help thousands of breast cancer patients each year by providing lifesaving mammograms, financial assistance with treatment and after care.

If you can’t walk, you can still donate. You can sponsor a team, join a team, start a team, or just make a donation.