October Wellness Tip
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Susan G. Komen Foundation reported that women older than 65 have worse outcomes after breast cancer diagnosis. Some risk factors cannot be changed, such as family history, but there are many lifestyle factors you can change to help protect yourself.
• Get screened for breast cancer regularly. Getting regular examinations can help you detect breast cancer early. Perform monthly self breast exams as well as visual checks of the skin on and around the breasts.
• Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk for breast cancer, especially if the obesity occurs after menopause.
• Don’t smoke.
• Limit Alcohol. The more alcohol you consume, the greater your risk for breast cancer. If you do consume alcohol limit yourself to one glass per day.
• Be physically active. This will help you maintain a healthy weight and decrease your risk.
• Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy. Menopausal hormone therapy can affect the density of your breast tissue. Ask your doctor for other options if you are taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, you may be able to manage symptoms with non-hormonal therapies.
For more information about breast cancer awareness visit Susan G. Komen website at www.komen.org.
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