Breast Cancer Awareness: Early Detection is Key

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Early Detection is Key

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but that does not mean women should live in fear,” says Rhonda McGuire, Nurse Manager. “Early detection and prevention is key. As with all cancers, healthy lifestyle choices increase your chances of staying healthy and not developing any disease.”

Here are a few guidelines for reducing your risk of breast cancer:

  • Get screened. Annual mammograms starting at age 40.
  • Don’t forget; schedule around your birthday!
  • Get to know your breasts. Starting at age 20, Breast Self-Exams (BSE’s) are recommended for women.
  • Maintain your weight. Limit your intake of high calorie foods and limit the amount of processed red meat you eat.
  • Stay strong. Get regular physical activity. 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week.
  • Limit alcohol. Drink no more than 1 drink per day (and that doesn’t mean saving all 7 drinks up for Saturday night!)

Remember, women with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer. But, having a risk factor does not mean a woman will get breast cancer. Make good choices and stay healthy!

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