The breast cancer stats for American women are hard to swallow—1 in 8 will develop breast cancer, roughly 85 percent of those cancers aren't linked to family history, and about 43,000 women are expected to die from breast cancer in 2021 alone. That makes breast cancer the cancer with the second-highest death rate for women, just behind lung cancer.

The reality is, the greatest risk factors for developing breast cancer are sex (the very fact you're a woman) and age (cellular changes that simply take place with the passage of time). And there's very little you can do to change either of those realities.

That said, diet and lifestyle can, in fact, help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. While they can't prevent cancer from occuring, paying attention to nutrition and exercise, as well as keeping your body composition in a healthy range, can help lower your risk factors.

Not to mention, individuals diagnosed with breast cancer who eat well and exercise during and following treatment are more likely to