Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer
SPOKANE, Wash. — As most people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but do you know how to reduce your risk of the disease?
Doctors say there are steps you can take now to reduce your chances of getting the disease in the future.
Taking steps to be healthy may not prevent all breast cancers, but for most women these steps can reduce the risks.
First, doctors say to watch your weight. Being overweight or gaining weight as an adult increases the chances of developing the disease, especially after menopause. So, eat well to keep you weight in check throughout your life.
Also, get some exercise. Experts recommend about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. If possible, include at least two strength training sessions a week, as well.
Also, don’t smoke. Just another reason to quit if you do smoke. And if you drink, limit yourself to no more than one drink per day. Experts say the more alcohol you consume, the greater your chance of developing breast cancer.
If you are able to breast feed when you have children, doctors say this can offer some protection against the disease as well.
Plus, one thing you want to try to avoid is hormone therapy after menopause, if at all possible. Experts say that may raise your risk of developing breast cancer.
In addition to healthy lifestyle habits, it’s important to get screened regularly for breast cancer. As we’ve seen many times before, early detection can increase the chances of successful treatment. Talk to your doctor about the best screening options for you.