Why you should talk to your preteen about breast cancer

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Next time your daughter complains about having to eat her veggies, tell her why you’re serving them.
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Virtually every preteen is self-conscious about her bra size, so talking about something with the word “breast” involved may seem awkward. But anything you can do to lower her risk of being among the one in eight women diagnosed is worth doing.

The advocacy group Nourish Our Girls recently teamed up with the snack SuperSeedz to educate adolescents on how they can reduce their risk of getting breast cancer later in life. Their research has found making smart food choices is key. “It is almost unbelievable that there is so little awareness about just how critical early diet and nutrition can be in reducing breast cancer risk,” says nutritionist Nicole Larizza.

Establishing good eating habits early in life is crucial, which has obvious benefits that extend beyond lowering one’s risk of developing breast cancer. Talk with your daughter about how making healthy choices when it comes to her snacks or school lunch will lower her odds of becoming a victim of the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.

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