How can you avoid getting breast cancer? Learn how to limit your risk with lifestyle, and maybe pharmaceutical prevention. Getting timely exams is essential in picking up early and more curable forms of cancers. Intervention doesn’t guarantee prevention, but you can reduce your odds of getting breast cancer in several ways. Lifestyle changes, like vigorous exercise for at least four hours a week, keeping your weight down, and limiting alcohol intake all reduce your risk. Having a baby, and delivering it, at a younger age can also reduce the risk.