5 Ways to Cut Breast Cancer Risk

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5 Ways to Cut Breast Cancer Risk

Breast cancer may be the most common cancer among women, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do something to help prevent it.

 

We can’t control all risk factors, like age or race, but we can try to control others, like weight gain and alcohol use.

  1. Maintain your ideal weight. Women who gain a lot of weight after age 21 have higher breast cancer risks than women who maintain a health weight throughout life. To keep your cancer risk low, avoid weight gain by eating a healthy diet and staying active.
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation. Having a glass of wine now and again is not bad for your health. But drinking several glasses a day can up your breast cancer risks. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor.
  3. Talk to your doctor about hormone therapy. Some women receive hormone therapy to cope with menopause symptoms. Recent results from the Women’s Health Initiative showed that women who took combined hormone therapy (estrogen and progestin) had a bigger risk of breast cancer. Speak to you Dr. before using hormone therapy.
  4. Follow recommended screening guidelines. Cancer screening exams, such as the mammogram, are medical tests done when you’re healthy and you don’t have any signs of illness. They help find cancer at it’s earliest stage when chances of successfully treating the disease are greatest. Women should get clinical breast exam every 1-3 years beginning at age 20. Beginning age 40 – yearly exam with mammogram. In between exams, practice self-breast exam.
  5. Get your breast cancer risk assessed. Every woman has a unique set of breast cancer risks. Depending on your lifestyle, personal and family health history, you may be more likely or less likely to develop the disease.

If you need further information about self-breast exam, ask me for it. I have help for you.
Paula Mann RN
Advocates On Call

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  1. Hunter Milam  October 31, 2011

    I have recently started a blog, the information you offer on this website has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work.

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  2. Harry  November 1, 2011

    Thanks for compiling this list.I have already shared this list with my wife.Can you please tell me how many woman have the chance of Breast Cancer

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    • Paula  November 2, 2011

      While the lifetime risk of a woman developing breast cancer is one in eight, the actual risk varies depending on your age. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer

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    • Adelie  January 29, 2012

      This artclie keeps it real, no doubt.

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  3. Julia  November 1, 2011

    Thanks for this list. Its really very useful and practical advice for woman like me.There is a lot of ignorance about breast Cancer among woman and particularly young woman who think it affects only woman of older age.

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    • Paula  November 2, 2011

      Young women are often diagnosed with Breast cancer with a more advanced case. This may be due to a delay in diagnosis in part because the younger women are not on a regular screening program. Young folks think they are invincible. There are three steps to watching for breast cancer: there should be a monthly self breast exam, a yearly exam by the physician and a yearly mammogram after the person reaches the age of 40.

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      • Will  January 29, 2012

        You get a lot of respect from me for writing these helpful aticrles.

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  4. Margaret  November 1, 2011

    I think shyness prevents most of the woman from talking about breast cancer with their doctor or friends. But you have anyway provided with a useful article. Thanks for this article

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    • Paula  November 2, 2011

      You are probably right about shyness but I think in our culture that is going away. The younger generation seems to be more open about all aspects of life.

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  5. Nodin  January 29, 2012

    Full of saleint points. Don’t stop believing or writing!

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