You cannot control some things that put you at risk for breast cancer, such as your age and being female. But you can make personal choices that lower your risk of breast cancer.
- Stay at a healthy weight.
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Get plenty of physical activity.
- Limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day.
If you think you are at high risk for breast cancer
If you are concerned about your risk for breast cancer, talk with your doctor. He or she can help you understand your risk if you have a Reference strong family history of breast cancer. Based on your risk, your doctor will recommend a screening schedule for you.
Your doctor may talk with you about genetic testing, the risks and benefits of taking Reference hormone therapy Opens New Window, or even surgery if your risk is very high.
For more information, see:
- Opens New Window Breast Cancer Risk: Should I Have a BRCA Gene Test? Opens New Window
- Opens New Window Breast Cancer: What Should I Do if I'm at High Risk? Opens New Window
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Catherine D. Serio, PhD - Behavioral Health