October is a time to raise awareness about breast health and the importance of preventative care. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is most treatable when detected early which is why receiving an annual mammogram is so important.
There are several ways you can help lower your risk.
Consumption of alcohol is a risk factor that many people do not know about. Consuming More than 3 alcoholic beverages a week has been associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
Knowing Your Family History
Just being aware that you have a family history of a certain disease can help you make decisions to lower your risk of developing that disease.
Healthy and Active Lifestyle
A less active lifestyle puts you at an increased risk for breast cancer. The latest recommendation for adults calls for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week. Maintaining an ideal body weight has also been associated with improved health outcomes.
Early Detection is Key
Women need to start getting annual mammograms at age 40 or earlier depending on family history. The best way to defeat breast cancer is to get screened. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist has 11 convenient locations to serve all your mammography imaging needs.