Just reading the words “breast cancer'' can make many women start to worry. And it could be because nearly all of us knows somebody who has been touched by this disease.
Fortunately, there is a whole lot of good news when it comes to breast cancer. For one, treatments are getting better. And we have learned a lot about ways in which you can help prevent this disease. Vision Imaging, medical imaging service in Kingston, offers ways in which you can decrease your risk for breast cancer.
Keep Weight in Check
Maintaining a healthy weight should be a goal for everybody. Being overweight increases many types of cancers, especially breast cancer.
Exercise protects against breast cancer in a number of ways. First, it helps control weight, which lowers your risk for breast cancer. Women who get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day have a lower risk of breast cancer.
Eat Your Vegetables and Fruit
A healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower your risk for breast cancer.
Don’t Drink Too Much
While moderate consumption of alcohol; can be good for the heart, it increases your risk of breast cancer. If you are a moderate to heavy drinker, consider cutting down or quitting altogether.
We all know just how bad smoking is for you. In addition to increasing the risk of stroke and heart disease, smoking increases the risk of at least 15 types of cancers, including breast cancer.
Know Your History
Up to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary, including breast cancer. This means the risk of breast cancer can be passed from one generation to the next.
Take a look at your family’s history to see if breast cancer runs in the family. Don’t forget to check relatives from your father’s side as his family counts just as much as your mother’s family.
When breast cancer is caught early, the prognosis is often quite excellent. The five-year survival rate for women who have breast cancer caught early is 99 percent.
If you are at average risk for breast cancer, it is recommended that you have a mammogram and clinical breast exam done every one to two years starting at the age of 50. Some doctors recommend you start with mammograms and breast exams in your 40s.
Women who are at a higher risk for breast cancer should start their screenings much earlier.
Limit Sitting Time
There is growing evidence that sitting time increases the likelihood of developing cancer, especially in women. One study concluded that women who spent six hours or more each day sitting when not working had a greater risk of developing breast cancer.
Limit Hormone Therapy
Combination hormone therapy for more than three to five years increases the risk of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about alternatives if possible. If that is not an option, use the lowest dose that works for you and have your doctor monitor you.
Contact Vision Imaging of Kingston today and find out if we can make you an appointment for a screening.