Breast Cancer Prevention

About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. get breast cancer.
More than 40,000 of them die each year.

What puts you at higher risk of breast cancer? 

  • Being female
  • Being middle aged or older (two-thirds of breast cancers occur in women 55 and older)
  • Having breast cancer, certain other cancers, or a noncancerous breast disease in the past
  • Having a close relative with breast cancer
  • Inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes
  • Smoking any tobacco products
  • Obesity
  • Drinking an average of 3 or more alcoholic beverages per day
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Long-term or increased exposure to the hormone estrogen
  • Starting menstruation early or hitting menopause late
  • Exposure to radiation 

How can you lower your risk for developing breast cancer? 

  • Get at least 45 minutes of physical activity/exercise 5 days per week
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Have your first child before the age of 30
  • Breastfeed your children
  • Don’t smoke (or quit smoking)
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Avoid or limit hormone replacement therapy
  • Limit medical imaging tests that use radiation 

How can you help ensure early detection for more effective treatment? 

  • Get to know the size, symmetry, and skin of your breasts and report any changes to your doctor right away
  • The American Cancer Society and other organizations recommend asking your doctor to teach you to perform breast self exams to feel for lumps; the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and other groups advise against this, though
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk factors to decide how often you should get mammograms (once per year or once every two years are standard) 
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Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute

Providing care treatment and support when diagnosed with cancer.

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Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation

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Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation (GCCF)

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