In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we’re sharing a few important prevention tips that may help lower your risk.
Schedule regular mammograms
Most women should get a mammogram every two years starting between the ages of 40 – 50. If you or an immediate family member have a history of breast cancer, speak with your doctor about the best timeframe for you.
To learn about low-cost or free mammogram screenings, please call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at –877 GO KOMEN.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can play a big role in reducing your risk for breast cancer and many other diseases. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.
Limit or avoid alcohol
Even low levels of alcohol have been linked with an increased risk of breast cancer. As part of a healthy lifestyle, limit consumption to no more than 1 alcoholic drink per day.
Use caution with hormone therapy after menopause
According to the American Cancer Society, the decision to use hormone therapy should be made by a woman and her doctor after weighing the possible risks and benefits, and conserving the risk factors for heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis.
While this isn’t a “prevention” tip, supporting a cause like Relay for Life, hosted by the American Cancer Society, is good for the soul. You’ll honor those who have passed, celebrate survivors, and all proceeds go toward cancer research. Click here to learn more.