Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new Washington University School of Medicine study finds that half of all breast cancers might be prevented, if girls and women of all ages adopted healthier lifestyles.

“The single most important thing is to exercise,” says CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Holly Phillips. “The earlier you start, the better, but it’s never to late to start. Also, focus on a plant-based dietfruits, vegetables, whole grains, less meat and dairy, and lower-fat foods.”

She also advises controlling your weight, especially later in life, and minimizing the amount of alcohol you consume.

Another key prevention strategy is making sure the highest risk women take preventive drugs like tamoxifen.

“Drugs that bind the estrogen receptor have a dramatic decrease in breast cancer in normal and high-risk women,” says CBS News Medical Contributor Dr. David Agus.

He says women need to ask their doctor some direct questions, including what your percent chance of having breast cancer in your lifetime is, what the side effects are, and what the benefits of taking a preventive strategy are.

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