Breast Cancer Awareness: Breast Cancer Prevention TipsTuesday, September 21st, 2010, 5:33 pm
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is essential that every women pay attention to its message. With a better understanding of this disease, you will be better prepared to make smart choices pertaining to your health.
Breast cancer may be genetic, however, it can also be influenced by various lifestyle factors. These are the things that we can control. By trying to eliminate these risk factors, you may reduce your chances of having breast cancer.
Here are some guidelines for breast cancer prevention:
1. Know your family history - genes can create a risk factor for women. While understanding family history cannot eliminate this risk factor, women can ensure that they receive timely screening so any early signs of breast cancer can be treated before the disease progresses. An early diagnosis is essential to a cure.
2. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet - various forms of cancer have been linked to an unhealthy or high body mass index. To eliminate or reduce this risk factor, exercise regularly and eat a healthy low-fat diet.
3. Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol - there are higher instances of breast cancer in women who consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Eliminate this risk factor by moderating any alcohol consumption.
These are just a few of the things that you can be aware of that can change your risks of breast cancer. If you have questions about these or any other issues - contact your health care provider.
For more information on low, or no cost mammography screening, contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 888.842.6355 or visit their web site a www.cdc.gov.
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