What is a Protective Factor?

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What is a 

Protective Factor?

Protective factors are habits or behaviors that can reduce your risk of developing a disease, and improve your overall health.

Avoiding breast cancer risk factors, especially those that are in your control, and increasing protective factors such as eating healthy and exercising may help prevent breast cancer.



Although it is unclear how much exercise is needed, studies have shown that physical activity may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

Diet and Nutrition

No specific food or diet has been proven to prevent breast cancer; however, diet and nutrition are very important factors which can help maintain your overall health.


Breastfeeding your child may reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.  The risk lowers even more, the longer you continue to breastfeed.




National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health 

American Cancer Society