Are you seeing pink? It’s a popular pick during the month of October, and for good reason: about one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime (American Cancer Society). Here are five tips for taking action against breast cancer, year-round.
1. Physical Activity. Staying active may help lower the risk of breast cancer. Regular exercise lowers estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels and boosts the immune system.
2. Healthy Nutrition. Maintaining a healthy diet can help lower the risk of breast and other types of cancer. Eat more whole grains and fewer sweets and high fat foods. (Try these tips for menu planning and prepping for less stress.)
3. Drink Less Alcohol. High levels of alcohol intake increase the risk of breast cancer.
4. Don’t Smoke. Smoking is linked to higher risk of several types of cancer. It can also negatively affect healing during treatment of breast cancer. Need help quitting? Start here >>
5. Breast Care. The best protection is early detection! Despite the recent controversies over screening mammography, no one disputes the fact that annual mammograms starting at age 40 saves the most lives. Breast cancers found during a mammogram are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. Finding breast cancer early can improve the chances that breast cancer can be treated successfully and with more treatment options, less extensive surgery, and ultimately, better treatment outcomes.
To schedule your mammogram, call 701.780.6157 or visit altru.org/breast.
Lashonda Soma, MD, always knew she’d be in medicine. “As a child, I was happiest when I was caring for others. The choice (to be in medicine) was made for me,” she says. “I love my job. While it can be emotionally taxing at times, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”