One in eight women will get breast cancer. Help reduce the statistic by arming yourself with the proper tools to help prevent breast cancer. There are several ways that you can help reduce your risk for breast cancer, and you can begin by simply forming some healthy habits.
A Healthy Body
Your first tool in preventing breast cancer is your healthy body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting adequate exercise and controlling your weight can help prevent breast cancer. Being overweight or obese, especially later in life, can increase your risk for breast cancer.
Limit Happy Hour
Going out with the girls for a drink or two might hurt “the girls.” According to the World Health Organization, the risk of cancer increases with the amount of alcohol you consume. Limiting yourself to one alcoholic drink per day is recommended.
Breastfeeding is beneficial to your baby and to you! According to Mayo Clinic, breastfeeding may play a role in prevention of breast cancer. The longer you breastfeed, the more protection it provides from breast cancer.
Skip Hormone Therapy
Undergoing long-term combination hormone-replacement therapy can increase your risk of breast cancer. Your doctor may be able to suggest alternative treatment other than hormone replacement therapy.
Perform a breast self-exam each month to check for lumps and changes in your skin. Inform your doctor if you find any abnormalities, and talk to your doctor about your need for mammograms and other screenings. If you are 40 or older, get a mammogram annually or as directed by your doctor.
Count the women around you. You can all reduce your chance of breast cancer with a few simple steps and knock the statistic down. If you or someone you love is diagnosed with breast cancer, we are here for you at Central Florida Regional Hospital. To find out more about our cancer care services, visit us online or give us a call 1-800-445-3392.