October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
More women are surviving breast cancer today, largely due to improvements in early detection. The American Cancer Society reports that the breast cancer death rate has dropped 40 percent between 1989 and 2016 — saving 322,000 lives. And fewer than 1 in 6 women diagnosed will die of the disease.
Though breast cancer still remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, we can continue to do our part and help in reducing our risk. Please read below for a few tips to reducing the risk of breast cancer.
- Maintain a healthy weight – Increased body weight and weight gain as an adult are linked to a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause.
- Be physically active – The recommended activity for adults is at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week (or combination of these).
- Limit or avoid alcohol – The ACS recommends that women who drink should have no more than one alcoholic drink a day to reduce risk.
Please see below for the American Cancer Society Screening Guidelines for women at average risk:
|Age 40 to 44||Discuss screening with your provider by age 40|
|Age 45 to 54||Get annual mammograms|
|Age 55+||Get mammograms every 1 to 2 years, depending on personal risk|
|*Important – Ask your health care provider about the best screening approach based on your health history.|
For more information on breast cancer prevention and reducing risk, visit the American Cancer Society Website.