Prevention ~ Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer
Examples of healthy lifestyle changes are ~
Limit fat intake
Consider Breastfeeding Instead of Formula Feeding.
Researchers believe that the months without a period during pregnancy and breast feeding may reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer. This accompanies the data that suggests that early menopause lowers the risk factor, as well.
Birth Control Pills and Breast Cancer Prevention
There's no evidence across-the-board of a link between birth control pill use and breast cancer risk. Analysis of combined data from many older studies suggests a slight increase in risk of premenopausal breast cancer in women who took the pill for four or more years before their first full-term pregnancy. However, the pills used in these studies contained higher estrogen doses than what is available and prescribed today. Experts analyzing all the risk data estimate that birth control pill use causes, at most, 4.7 out of 10,000 cases of premenopausal breast cancer.
Hormone Therapy: Long-term use may undermine breast cancer prevention
Use Pesticides and Antibiotics with Caution
- Breast self-exams
- Clinical breast exams by a medical professional
- Screening mammography
- Women should call their doctor immediately if they notice any change in their breasts such as a new breast or armpit lump or skin changes.
- Women over the age 35 or older that have a mother or sister with breast cancer, or have already had cancer of the breast, uterus, ovary, or colon.
- Women who do not know how or need help learning how to perform a breast self-examination.