Lower Your Risk for Breast Cancer
Sunday, December 14, 2014
All women should have a certain amount of awareness about breast cancer prevention, even if there isn’t a history of the disease in their families. In addition to annual screenings, there are simple things that can help reduce your chances of getting breast cancer, and help you lead a healthier life in the process.
Start by putting down that drink. Women who drink alcohol are at a greater risk for developing breast cancer than women who never drink. If you decide to partake, limit yourself to one drink per day.
Quit smoking—or better yet, don’t start. There are dozens of reasons to avoid cigarettes like the plague, but if you need another one, there’s plenty of evidence that smokers are at a higher risk for breast cancer than nonsmokers.
Drop those extra pounds. Obesity is a strong indicator of breast cancer risk, so slim down and keep the weight off with a healthy diet and regular exercise—at least 150 minutes each week of moderate aerobic activity.
Moms, breastfeed those babies! There may be a connection between breastfeeding and reducing the incidences of developing breast cancer. If you choose to breastfeed, you and your baby will both benefit.
Forgo hormone therapy after menopause. True, hot flashes are a bummer, but you increase your chances of breast cancer when you utilize hormone therapy for more than three years.
Avoid radiation exposure. Medical-imaging methods that use a high dose of radiation have been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. Only have tests with this type of equipment done when absolutely necessary in order to reduce your exposure.
Remember to get regular screenings and talk to a medical professional if you discover any abnormality during home exams. If you have any questions about preventing or detecting breast cancer, call us. Our knowledgeable medical staff is always happy to answer you questions and address your concerns.