Women's Health

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Getting Involved

Risk reduction

While there’s no surefire way to prevent breast cancer, there are certain things that everyone can do to reduce their risk. These include lifestyle factors such as maintaining a healthy weight, physical activity, and limiting alcohol consumption to no more than one alcoholic beverage per day. Women who are approaching or currently in menopause should also avoid estrogen replacement therapy, as it has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer.

Though it is one of the most common diseases among women, the causes of breast cancer are still largely unknown, making early detection difficult. The best thing you can do is regularly perform self-exams and undergo mammogram screenings with your doctor. As Flowers mentioned, go see a doctor right away if anything seems abnormal with your body. Early detection gives you the best chance of beating cancer.