Breast Cancer

Did you know that October is National Breast Cancer awareness month?????

Giving your lifestyle a healthy boost is always a step in the right direction but it can also lower your risk of getting breast cancer. Here’s what you can do:

Step up your game. Exercising – it’s a great idea! And besides helping you maintain a healthy weight, it may aid in breast cancer prevention. One reason is that exercising four or more hours a week may decrease hormone levels and help lower breast cancer risk. The effect may be greatest in premenopausal women of normal or low weight.

Step on the scale (or into your skinny jeans). Take a good look at the numbers on your scale or on the size labels in your clothes. If both are getting higher, you need to know that you may be increasing your risk of getting breast cancer. There’s a clear connection between obesity and breast cancer.  So, if you need help losing weight, ask Dr. Family about healthy strategies that will work with your lifestyle.

Step away from the bar. Or at least a second drink. Studies show that there’s a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. The type of alcohol consumed – wine, beer or mixed drinks – doesn’t seem to make a difference. If you choose to drink, you may want to consider limiting it to less than one drink a day or avoid alcohol completely.

Are your screenings up to date? Step on it. Don’t put off recommended breast screenings – and while you’re at it, keep on top of your loved ones so they won’t either. Ask your doctor at your next visit, which breast exams are recommended and how often. The three main screenings are monthly breast self-exams, yearly breast exams by your doctor and annual mammograms beginning at age 40 (or as recommended by your doctor).

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