An estimated 268,600 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed
in women in 2019 alone. We asked a few of our clinical experts one question:
what can the average person do to reduce their risk of breast cancer?
Dr. Mark Bechtel, Primary Care Physician at CaroMont Family Medicine in
“One thing I recommend for my patients who are concerned about their
risk for the disease is to focus on the things they can control. None
of us can change family history, but we can commit to being more physically
active. Evidence suggests there is a relationship between your cancer
risk and your level of physical activity. I recommend patients focus on
establishing an exercise routine that includes movement or activity that
raises their heart rate for at least 30 minutes, a minimum of four times
per week. The key is consistency, and will result in a multitude of health
benefits, including your ability to maintain a healthy weight. Yes, it
can reduce your risk for breast cancer, but also other types of cancer
and a variety of other illnesses.”
Meredith Mills, Registered Dietitian, CaroMont Cancer Center
“A balanced diet is really the key to lowering your risk of cancer
through nutrition. Fruits and vegetables can be beneficial in reducing
breast cancer risks for a couple of reasons. First, they are rich sources
of antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber, which have been shown to be
useful in cancer risk reduction. In addition, obesity is a risk factor
for breast cancer and a diet that is focused more on fruits and vegetables
and less on refined sugars and processed foods in general makes it easier
to attain and/or maintain a healthy weight. The American Cancer Society
recommends eating at least two and a half cups of fruits and vegetables
a day to reduce your risk of cancer. A healthy diet is going to have an
overall positive effect on anyone’s health, but it’s a great
thing to evaluate if you have concerns.”
Amber Carpenter, Radiation Technologist and Mammography Supervisor
“Prevention is important, but early detection is equally important.
With any cancer, but especially breast cancer, if we catch it in its early
stages, it is more easily treated and the survival rates drastically increase.
So yes, live a healthy life, eat well and be kind to your body. But definitely
perform routine self-checks and annual clinical checks at your primary
care appointments. After the age of 40, all women should have a yearly
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