There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. There are, however, things that all women can do to help reduce their risk and increase the odds that, if cancer does occur, it is found at an early, more treatable stage. Women can help protect themselves by staying away from known risk factors whenever possible. Many risk factors for breast cancer can be avoided by making lifestyle changes such as limiting alcohol use, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy body weight. Other than lifestyle changes, the most important step a woman should take is to follow the ACS’s guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer.
Today, there are approximately 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States. Encourage the women in your life to become informed about breast cancer and to schedule the recommended screening tests that can best protect their health.
And … to help find a cure in our lifetime, support the CYBEX Pink Ribbon Run with proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.