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Think Pink: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/06/2017

 

 

Breast cancer is the second leading cancer among women in the U.S., but millions of women are surviving the disease, thanks in part to regular screening, early detection and improvements in treatment.
 
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society is raising awareness through early detection and education.
 
There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk. Many risk factors are beyond your control, such as being female and getting older. But other risk factors can be changed and may lower your risk:
 
  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight: Both increased body weight and weight gain as an adult are linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause.
  • Be physically active: Many studies have shown that moderate to vigorous physical activity is linked with lower breast cancer risk, so it’s important to get regular physical activity.
  • Limit or avoid alcohol: Alcohol also increases risk of breast cancer. Even low levels of alcohol intake have been linked with an increase in risk.
  • Other factors that might lower risk: Women who choose to breastfeed for at least several months may also get an added benefit of reducing their breast cancer risk.
 
Click here for additional information from the American Cancer Society.
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