Come October 1, communities around the country will turn pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a good reminder to get screened. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women have the probability of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. In addition to screenings or mammograms, maintaining good overall health is important to preventing breast cancer, too. Here are some tips to keep top of mind throughout October and the rest of the year.
Watch your weight: Obesity increases the risk of breast cancer, especially after menopause. Try to incorporate more vegetables, whole grains and fruits into your diet. A doctor can also give you suggestions for a good diet.
Fit exercise into your schedule: We understand everyone is super busy, but even choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator will help get more steps and exercise into your day. Exercise not only lowers your risk for breast cancer but lowers your risk for other conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and it improves your mood and sleep as well.
Deter alcohol intake: An occasional drink is okay, but routine or heavy drinking is a concern. Studies show consuming heavy alcohol makes you a higher risk for developing breast cancer.
Avoid smoking: Smoking can compromise the immune system which compromises our body’s defense against cancer. It can be difficult for many to stop smoking. Consult a doctor on the safest and most effective ways to curb the desire to smoke.
Do a self-breast exam: It’s important to take an active role in your personal health. Women often find a lump or something unusual before a doctor does. Visit our blog on how to conduct a self-breast exam. If something doesn’t feel right, please make an appointment to have it checked out.
Spread the word: Remind a friend or organize a breast cancer fundraiser at work to remind people to take care of their health and help a good cause.
If you detect any changes or anything unusual in or around the breast area, please make an appointment to be examined by a doctor. Call our office at 307-634-5216 to set up your appointment today.