Breast Cancer Prevention
While most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer had no known risk factor for the disease, WellStar supports scientific research that shows certain lifestyle choices can lower a person’s risk. It also has an experienced genetic counseling program, empowering women who are high risk for developing breast cancer to make the best decisions regarding their breast health.
Help Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
- Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity five or more days per week. Longer durations may provide additional benefits.
- Avoid excess body fat by limiting caloric intake and/or balance caloric intake with ample moderate-to-vigorous exercise.
Tests and Screenings for Breast Cancer
Screening for signs of breast cancer begins with monthly breast self-examinations (BSE). Women should follow the guidelines of the American Cancer Society, which includes yearly mammograms for women beginning at age 40. Also, patients who have a family history of breast cancer should discuss with their WellStar physician the benefits of genetic counseling and high risk screening options.