Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Prevention Tips
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
On Saturday, October 5, 2012, Dr. Alexander & Co., along with their team, contributed their part of Breast Cancer Awareness by participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. This event took place at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa at Summerlin.
What can I do to reduce my risk of breast cancer?
- Limit alcohol – The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer.
- Control your weight – Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer.
- Get plenty of physical activity – Being physically active can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent breast cancer.
- Breast-feed – Breast-feeding may also play a role in breast cancer prevention.
- Discontinue hormone therapy – If you’re taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, ask your doctor about other options. You may be able to manage your symptoms with non-hormonal therapies, such as physical activity.
- Avoid exposure to environmental pollution – Some research suggests a link between breast cancer and exposure to the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in vehicle exhaust and air