How to Reduce Chances of Breast Cancer

enthusiastic woman celebratingDoes Obesity Cause Breast Cancer?

Obesity is a major risk factor for getting breast cancer. The risk is higher if you become overweight as an adult or after menopause. The American Cancer Society suggests you maintain a healthy weight by making good dietary choices and getting adequate exercise.

Can Eating a Healthy Diet Prevent Breast Cancer?

Healthy eating is linked to an overall decreased risk of getting many types of cancer in addition to lowering your chances of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. One type of diet, The Mediterranean, focuses on using olive oil in place of butter and fish over red meat. This mostly plant-based diet is rich in the following foods:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts

Does Smoking Cause Breast Cancer?

Smoking grabs headlines for causing lung cancer, but it’s also a culprit in breast cancer. The risk is even higher for younger, pre-menopausal women who smoke. The medical community is unanimous that no one should smoke or use any form of tobacco.

What Are the Common Causes of Breast Cancer?

Besides being a woman and living longer, having a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene or having a family history of breast cancer that includes a first-degree relative such as your mother, sister, or daughter increases your risk.

Are Birth Control Pills Related to Breast Cancer?

Evidence suggests that any type of birth control that uses hormones (the pill and IUDs) may increase your chance of developing breast cancer. This increased risk is considered small, and you’ll eliminate it when you stop using these forms of birth control.

Does Exercise Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Exercise can reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests women exercise moderately 150 minutes a week or vigorously for 75 minutes. Moderate exercise is defined as brisk walking that slightly increases your breathing and heart rate. Vigorous exercise would be any activity that causes sweating in addition to a higher level of heart rate and breathing. They also suggest improving your strength and flexibility through activities like yoga, weight lifting, and stretching.

How Many Times a Year Should I Get a Mammogram?

Physicians and various cancer associations recommend women get one mammogram a year beginning at age 40. Depending on your family health history and other risk factors, you and your doctor may decide to do additional testing if necessary.

When Should I See a Doctor for Breast Cancer?

See your doctor yearly to get a physical breast exam to supplement your mammogram. Don’t hesitate to contact your doctor if you notice any changes to your breast that concern you.

Where Can I Get a Mammogram on Long Island?

PURE Mammography is Long Island’s premier 3D mammography facility. Contact us today for more information about our award-winning breast imaging center.

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