October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and your local OB-GYN wants to help reduce your risk. While it is important to do self-exams at home and receive mammograms once you turn 40, there are a variety of additional steps you can take at home to prevent the disease. Learn more about what you can do to stay healthy below.
Breast Cancer Prevention Guide
Breast Cancer Risk
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, invasive breast cancer affects about 12% of American women in their lifetime. Regardless of how healthy you are, the disease is never completely preventable, so there are some risk factors to be aware of. Excessive alcohol use, obesity, and a lack of physical activity are lifestyle factors that can increase your chances of developing the disease.
In addition, there are some circumstances you will not be able to change, like growing older or inheriting certain genes. Talk to your doctor about your health history and understand your unique risk factors. Armed with information, you can take the appropriate steps to protect yourself.
How to Prevent Breast Cancer
You can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by exercising regularly, eating healthy, controlling your weight, and limiting alcohol and tobacco use. Breastfeeding your babies can also decrease your chances. Avoid exposure to environmental pollution, radiation, and second-hand smoke.
If you are taking therapeutic hormones, talk to your OB-GYN about other ways to control your menopausal symptoms. Combination hormone therapy may contribute to your breast cancer risk. You can also talk to your doctor about alternatives to your birth control pill or shot. These medications are known to increase the opportunities for cancer to develop.
Stay healthy by understanding your risk and doing all you can to prevent the disease. Partnering with a qualified women’s health professional at Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Forest Hills, NY, will also help. To discuss breast cancer prevention with their OB-GYN, call (718) 275-8900. For information about their additional health care services, including pain management and skin care screenings, follow them on Facebook or Twitter.