The statistics are sobering; about 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. This means there is a high chance that you will know someone with breast cancer or be diagnosed yourself.
Ways to Lower Your Risk
Physicians, scientists, and researchers around the world are learning more about breast cancer every day. Fortunately, there are some proven ways that we know can decrease a woman’s risk for this disease. Whether you have a family history of breast cancer or not, here are some things you can do now to help prevent a personal diagnosis:
Manage your weight (especially after menopause)
Breast-feed your baby as long as possible
Get adequate exercise (150 min per week of moderate or 75 min of vigorous activity)
Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy
Do your breast self-exams monthly
The Importance of Mammograms
Beyond prevention, early detection is the next best thing. In order to detect breast cancer at the earliest and most treatable stage, women should conduct their monthly self-exams at home as well as schedule their annual mammograms. Mammograms are undoubtedly the best test that modern medicine offers in terms of diagnosing beginning stages of breast cancer. Most doctors suggest that females begin yearly mammograms at age 40 (or earlier based on medical and family history).
At North Pointe Ob/Gyn, we know you have a lot on your plate these days. However, you could save your life by putting breast cancer on your radar and taking steps to prevent this disease and/or detect it early enough for successful treatment. For more questions about breast cancer or to learn your specific level of risk, please contact our Cumming clinic for women.