Breast cancer is not a topic we take lightly at Affinity for Women. We do our best to educate our patients on early detection, and more importantly: prevention. Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy habits — such as limiting alcohol and staying physically active. APFW is all about prevention – in as many ways as possible, and we’ve put together some tips to help.
What can I do to reduce my risk of breast cancer?
Lifestyle changes have been shown in studies to decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women. The following are steps you can take to lower your risk:
- Limit alcohol.
- Don't smoke.
- Control your weight.
- Be physically active.
- Breast-feed (if applicable). Breast-feeding might play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect.
- Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy.
- Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.
What else can I do?
As mentioned earlier, APFW is serious about early detection as well. Be vigilant about breast cancer detection! If you notice any changes in your breasts, such as a new lump or skin changes, consult your doctor. Also, ask your doctor when to begin mammograms and other screenings based on your personal history.
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