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Preventing Breast Cancer in Your Everyday Life

Do you wake up every morning thinking about preventing breast cancer in your everyday life? We seriously doubt it, but if you are someone with a higher risk for breast cancer due to your family or your age, maybe you should consider paying more attention to preventative strategies. There are some simple and specific changes you can make to help lower your risk for breast cancer. 

Eat a Healthy Diet

We hear how important a healthy diet is all the time, but in this case it can make a big difference. Most recommended is the Meditteranean diet that is filled with more fish and less red meat, lots of fruits and colorful vegetables, virgin olive oil instead of butter or margarine, plus nuts and grains. Combined with exercise, this diet can serve to keep you at a healthy weight too.

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Maintain a Healthy Weight

Here’s another mantra that seems to pop up all the time. That’s because it matters. Being obese or overweight takes a toll on our bodies in many ways. That extra weight can actually increase the risk of developing breast cancer, especially in women after menopause.

Stay Active No Matter Your Age

Exercise of any kind can only be beneficial. Walking, running, lifting weights, and riding a bike all help a person to lower their risk of developing breast cancer.  A minimum of 150 minutes of activity a week is recommended for most healthy adults. 

Limit Alcohol Consumption

You are at greater risk for breast cancer the more you drink. The American Cancer Society recommends women who drink should have only one drink per day. That means 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of liquor. Enough said.

Don’t Smoke

Research suggests there is a link between smokers and breast cancer, especially in premenopausal women. If you don’t smoke, don’t start!

Limit the Duration of Hormone Replacement Therapy

A word to the wise if you are entering menopause, you should know that HRT can affect your risk for breast cancer. If you stay on HRT consistently for 3 to 5 years, it can increase your risk. You can ask Genesee Valley OB/GYN to lower the dose or recommend other options for you.

Follow Guidelines and Take Preventative Action

Follow the standard recommendations for getting mammograms, seeing Genesee Valley OB/GYN at regular appointments throughout the year, and doing self exams to look for any changes to your breasts.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only help to protect you from getting breast cancer, but it will improve your chances of survival should you be officially diagnosed. You can’t change your family history, but you can control how you live your life. 

Contact Genesee Valley OB/GYN if it’s time for your mammogram or if you have noticed a change in your breast tissue.

If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (585) 641-0399 or request an appointment online today!

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COVID-19 Update

Telemedicine visits are now available. Please call our office at (585) 641-0399 to book your appointment, or request an appointment online today!

Genesee Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C. is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

If you are or your anyone in your family is experiencing cold or flu symptoms, or have travelled outside the country recently (in the last 14 days), please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (585) 641-0399. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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