Breast cancer is the leading cancer to effect American women, and the month of October is designed to educate all women about this widespread illness. There are a number of things that women can do in order to lower their risk of breast cancer, or detect it early. Understanding the disease can save lives. Here are some tips related to breast cancer that all women need to pay attention to:
1. Understand the risk factors – lifestyle and genetics are the major risk factors for breast cancer. While you can’t control your genes, knowing your family history can help doctors make decisions about your health. Leading a healthy lifestyle reduces the likelihood of breast cancer. Avoiding smoking and drinking while eating well and exercise puts you in a better position to avoid the illness.
2. Follow screening guidelines – early detection of breast cancer can save your life. Regular screening both independently and by your doctor can ensure it is caught early so it is treatable. For specific timelines for screening, check out these guidelines from the National Cancer Institute.
3. Don’t live in fear – live your life to the fullest; be cautious, but don’t live in fear. Stress can take a toll on your overall health and impact your quality of life. You don’t want to have any regrets!