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Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

9/28/2018

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. About one in eight women will get breast cancer during her life. You can make these positive changes to your lifestyle to help lower your risk of developing breast cancer:

  • Have regular mammograms
  • Keep a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Do not drink alcohol, or limit to no more than one drink per day
  • Avoid exposure to radiation and carcinogens (chemicals known to cause cancer)
  • Breastfeed your children if possible

Some risk factors, such as getting older or having a family history of breast cancer, cannot be changed. But staying healthy throughout your life will lower your risk for cancer.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women 50 to 74 years old who are at average risk for breast cancer should have a mammogram every two years. Women ages 40 to 49 should talk to their doctor about when to start, and how often to get a mammogram.

Online Health & Wellness Tools

Visit www.ccok.com and select the “Wellness” tab to utilize our health and wellness tools. Search the health encyclopedia, use the wellness calculators and take a general health assessment. Understanding risks will help you make active, informed decisions about your health.


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Preventive Services Task Force