4 Tips to Prevent Breast Cancer

(Originally Posted on Oct 4, 2015)

It’s that time of year when the United States is covered in pink. You see it locally in the newspaper and in the ribbons people proudly display on their clothes and at their desks. You see it nationally on the uniforms of sports teams and hear the stories of survivors on television and radio. It is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a time when the color pink acts as a symbol of hope, survival, and remembrance. It’s also a time to start thinking about prevention and what you can do in your everyday life to be the healthiest person you can be. 

Pay attention to your lifestyle

When you are working to fight breast cancer or prevent it, then you must take a close look at the way you live in your day-to-day activities. Pay attention to the foods you’re eating. Dark green veggies and fruits such as berries and apples should be incorporated into your diet. You should also be getting a daily dose of exercise for extra heart health. While it’s important to maintain a healthy weight, it’s also crucial howyou get to that weight.

Make your regular check-ups with your gynecologist

Making your regular visits with your gynecologist is going to be key to preventing breast cancer, as well as many other health issues. Even if you don’t think you’re at risk because breast cancer doesn’t run in your family or you don’t think you’re old enough to have to worry about it, these visits are important to your health and wellbeing. Take care in making your appointments and you’ll be ahead of the curve.

Learn how to give a self-breast exam

There are many resources to help you teach yourself to give a self-breast exam and when it doubt, your gynecologist can show you. It is not hard to do this and it is a great way to be aware of your body and what is normal and what isn’t. The biggest problem with the self-breast exam is that so many people forget to do it on a monthly basis. Mark it on your calendar and choose your best girlfriend, sister, or mother, and have them mark it on their calendar as well. This way you can all hold each other accountable to ensure you do this task each month.

Talk to your gynecologist about the best time for a mammogram

Ask your gynecologist when you should have your first mammogram. Many women will begin getting them in their forties, but if you have a family history of breast cancer on your mother or father’s side, you’ll want to start getting mammograms much earlier in life.

If you have any questions about how to prevent breast cancer or any concerns about what you can be doing today, contact Palm Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology at 561-434-0111. We specialize in the health and wellbeing of women, and are here to help you with any needs you may have. Don’t wait to make that important appointment, call today. We look forward to hearing from you.   

Dr. Lorna Williams

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