Ways to be proactive against breast cancer
Updated On: Oct 25 2013 09:16:32 AM CDT
If you think you are at risk for breast cancer there are some things you can do to try to be proactive against the disease.
- Know your family history. Those with a history of breast cancer in their family can be tested for the breast cancer gene and also begin screening for the disease at an earlier age.
- Do monthly self-breast exams. The earlier breast cancer is detecting the better chance doctors have of successfully treating it.
- Get a mammogram. Mammograms have been shown to lower the number of breast cancer deaths in women between the ages of 40-50.
- Stay fit. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can help lower your cancer risk, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Don't smoke
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Breastfeed. The Mayo Clinic says breastfeeding may lower a woman's chance of getting breast cancer.
Wind hampers efforts to fight 5-alarm fire at motel in Muhlenberg
Driver killed when car hits tree on Route 10 in Berks
Man killed when hit by minivan near airport
Reading police officer charged in theft of money evidence
Feds: Schuylkill County firm attempted to smuggle machinery to Iran
Man killed, woman seriously injured in motorcycle crash
Woman pleads guilty to homicide by vehicle
BBQ food truck in danger of being shut down by township
MH370 search: Object not from plane
Police seek to interview man in investigation of woman's death