September 23, 2020

 

Did you know that breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in women? As Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, you may be wondering what you can do to reduce your risk for the disease. While some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as your age and family history, there are many that can be with simple lifestyle changes:

  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. The American Cancer Society recommends that women who drink have no more than 1 drink a day (1 drink is equivalent to 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, and 1.5 oz. of hard liquor).
  • Maintain or work towards a healthy body weight. Try to watch your calorie intake and eat a balanced diet.
  • Participate in regular physical activity. This can be as simple as walking 30 minutes a day most days of the week.

If you’re concerned about your risk for breast cancer, make sure to speak with your physician. They can recommend appropriate screening measures based on your age, family history, and other risk factors.

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Sarah Michaels , RN

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