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Ways to be proactive against breast cancer

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:45:10 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 23 2015 10:48:11 AM CDT
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If you think you are at risk for breast cancer there are some things you can do to try to be proactive against the disease.

-          Know your family history. Those with a history of breast cancer in their family can be tested for the breast cancer gene and also begin screening for the disease at an earlier age.

-          Do monthly self-breast exams. The earlier breast cancer is detecting the better chance doctors have of successfully treating it.

-          Get a mammogram. Mammograms have been shown to lower the number of breast cancer deaths in women between the ages of 40-50.

-          Stay fit. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can help lower your cancer risk, according to the Mayo Clinic.

-          Limit alcohol intake.

- Don't smoke

-          Eat a well-balanced diet

- Breastfeed. The Mayo Clinic says breastfeeding may lower a woman's chance of getting breast cancer.

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