Focus On... Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This month, many organizations host special events and awareness campaigns to help prevent and spread critical information about the disease.

You may be at increased risk for breast cancer if you have a family history of the disease, have used birth control pills, are overweight, over 40, or if you smoke or use tobacco. While there is no way to prevent breast cancer, there are ways you can lower your risk.

Here are steps you can take to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

  1. Mammograms.
    Once a woman reaches the age of 40, she should be having annual mammogram exams (or earlier if advised by a physician or based on family/medical history).i
  2. Exercise.
    Exercising is key to any healthy lifestyle. You should be exercising at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.ii
  3. Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.
    Reduce your exposure by having tests, such as computerized imaging, only when necessary as it causes higher doses of radiation.iii
  4. Stop smoking.
    Smoking can lead to more than just breast cancer. Refraining from smoking can help prevent all forms of cancer, including breast cancer.iv
  5. Limit alcohol intake.
    Alcohol can play a huge factor in your risk of not only breast cancer, but other diseases. It’s crucial that you maintain a healthy diet and do limit your alcohol intake.v

Resources

To learn more about Breast Cancer, check out the following resources:

 

Get the Facts About Breast Cancer (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

 

Getting Real on Breast Cancer (Get Healthy, Stay Healthy)

 

 

 

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