Although researchers have found some genetic, or inherited, causes of breast cancer, the cause of most cases is unknown. According to Mayo Clinic, preventing breast cancer begins with understanding the risk factors that you can control. Things like your diet and how much alcohol you consume can help in reducing your risk of breast cancer.
A Healthy Weight
One of the simplest ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer is by maintaining a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, your risk for developing breast cancer is increased, especially later in life. Eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Limiting your alcohol intake can also reduce your risk of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the use of alcohol in linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Limit yourself to one drink per day or less.
If you’re expecting, consider breastfeeding your baby. Not only will breastfeeding benefit your baby and you postpartum, it can help in reducing your risk for breast cancer in the long run. And the longer you breastfeed your baby, the better your protection from breast cancer will be.
Research has shown a link between physical activity and reduced risk of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends getting 45 to 60 minutes of physical activity five days a week or more to reduce your risk.
Women should perform a regular breast-self-exam to look for changes that could indicate breast cancer. Starting at age 40, women should also get regular mammograms every 1 to 2 years or as recommended by your doctor.
Making certain lifestyle changes to control your risk factors for breast cancer is one of the best ways to reduce your risk. Getting regular screenings is the next step and can help catch cancer early, when it is most treatable. Contact us to find out more about diagnostic imaging and other cancer care services here at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Visit us online or call Consult-A-Nurse® at 1-877-4-HCA-DOCS.