Four Things You Can Do To Potentially Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There’s no better time to learn more about breast cancer awareness and how you can minimize your chances of developing the most common cancer in women. About one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, according to information published by breastancer.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing up-to-date information on the disease. We’ve outlined four things you can do to potentially lower your risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer below.
1. Don’t Smoke
Research shows a link between breast cancer risk and smoking, although the exact connection isn’t fully understood yet. Premenopausal women who smoke appear to have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
2. Avoid Hormone Therapy
If you’re currently taking hormone therapy to manage symptoms of menopause, you may want to talk to your doctor about other available treatment options. If you take combination therapy for more than three years, your risk of breast cancer increases. If you determine that short-term hormone therapy is worth the increased risk of breast cancer, opt for the lowest dose possible.
3. Limit Alcohol Consumption
Women who consume large amounts of alcohol are more likely to develop breast cancer. Limit your alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per day to minimize your risk.
4. Receive Regular Screenings
If you are at a higher risk of breast cancer due to genetics or your ethnic background talk to your doctor about the best time for you to begin screenings. It’s important to receive regular breast cancer screenings once you reach the age of 40. It’s recommended that you receive a mammogram once every year until you reach age 55. Then, you can switch to one mammogram every two years. Early detection is key to diagnosing the disease in its earliest stages and improving your treatment outcome.
If you have any additional questions about breast cancer diagnosis, types, stages, or treatment options, please contact the team at Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center and we’d be happy to help in any way we can. We look forward to assisting you and your loved ones.