Ways to be proactive against breast cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness
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If you think you are at risk for breast cancer there are some things you can do to try to be proactive against the disease.

– Know your family history. Those with a history of breast cancer in their family can be tested for the breast cancer gene and also begin screening for the disease at an earlier age.

– Do monthly self-breast exams. The earlier breast cancer is detecting the better chance doctors have of successfully treating it.

– Get a mammogram. Mammograms have been shown to lower the number of breast cancer deaths in women between the ages of 40-50.

– Stay fit. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can help lower your cancer risk, according to the Mayo Clinic.

– Limit alcohol intake.

– Don’t smoke

– Eat a well-balanced diet

– Breastfeed. The Mayo Clinic says breastfeeding may lower a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer.

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