Get a Jump Start on Your Breast Health
Women should be thinking about their breast health all year. Most doctors recommend doing a self-examination once a month to familiarize yourself with what feels normal and abnormal. For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, aside from lung cancer.
To safeguard your health, try to be more proactive about screenings. Women ages 45 to 54 should get a mammogram every year, according to the American Cancer Society. At Women’s Care Florida, we make it easy for you. We have in-office screenings with the flexibility to schedule mammograms either before or the same day as your well-woman visit. Additionally, we advise that women perform breast self-exams. If you feel lumps or any changes, inform your gynecologist immediately.
Breast Health Facts for Prevention
You shouldn’t stop there, either. There are many other ways you can protect yourself from breast cancer. Here is some lifestyle-related breast cancer risk factors women should be aware of:
- Drinking alcohol is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, those who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have 1.5 times the risk of women who don’t drink. Instead of pouring yourself a glass of wine or a pint of beer after a long day, why not relieve stress with some light exercise?
- Some researchers believe that exercise may reduce a woman’s breast cancer risk. As little as 2.5 hours a week of brisk walking might help your risk factors, according to the American Cancer Society. To motivate yourself, ask a friend to join you at the gym or for a walk around your neighborhood.
- Another reason to incorporate fitness into your life: being overweight or obese after menopause may increase your breast cancer risk. The American Cancer Society says that after menopause, most women’s estrogen comes from fat tissue. Having more fat tissue raises estrogen levels and increases your chances of getting breast cancer.
- Women who have not had children or who had their first child after 30 are at a slightly higher breast cancer risk. Having children is a personal choice, though it’s important to understand this is a risk factor.
Want to get a jump start on your breast health? Here are some other ways to help lower your chances of developing breast cancer. To schedule a well-woman visit or mammogram at Women’s Care Florida, click here.