There are a variety of circumstances that can influence your risk of getting breast cancer. There are some factors that you can’t change, such as being born female, your family history and simply aging. Despite this, there are still some preventative measures you can take to help reduce that risk of breast cancer. Some of these measures include:
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
While there are risk factors that you can’t change, there are some lifestyle-related behaviors that can have an influence on your risk of breast cancer, such as diet and exercise. Staying active with regular exercise and limiting your intake of alcoholic beverages can reduce your chance of getting breast cancer.
Perform regular breast self exams and undergo annual screening mammograms
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends yearly mammograms starting from the age of 40 for those with average risk. Dr Tull is a breast cancer survivor herself and credits early detection from her yearly screening for saving her life. Like most, she had no family history and no risk factors.
Talk to your doctor
Studies have shown a link between inherited forms of breast cancer and melanoma.
Ask your doctor about working with a genetic counselor (if you do have a family history of breast cancer, ask your doctor about other ways to lower your risk, such as medicine or preventative surgery).
If you have an increased risk of breast cancer, close observation is a great way to ensure that there are no irregularities. Close observation can include frequent visits to the doctor, regular breast cancer screenings and mammograms, even breast MRIs, if needed.
While some of these measures may not lower or eliminate your risk of breast cancer, they are preventative measures that can help detect the cancer earlier, possibly making it easier to treat.
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