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Breast Cancer Prevention

The Kettering Health Network's skilled team of experts can evaluate both your background and current lifestyle to develop a personalized prevention plan. Breast cancer can be challenging to predict, even though you hear about it all the time - but there are a number of simple steps you can take to lower your breast cancer risk and benefit your overall health.

Certain factors beyond your control may affect your likelihood of developing breast cancer. Being a woman and getting older are two of the biggest risk factors, but there are other risk factors to consider.

Discuss the following topics with your doctor, if applicable: your family history of breast cancer, your menstrual history, your age at first child birth, any prior breast abnormalities and any other chronic conditions like diabetes.

If you've been exposed to high levels of radiation from previous cancer treatment you should be especially sensitive to symptoms that might indicate breast cancer. Prior hormone replacement therapy (HRT) also elevates your risk, as high levels of estrogen have been related to breast cancer prevalence. Use of oral contraceptives affects your risk as well. Be sure to tell your physician about your family history for the most thorough, personalized advice.

Women who maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, get enough sleep each night, never smoke cigarettes and limit alcohol consumption are far less likely to develop breast cancer. A healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains are critical for maintaining a healthy weight and keeping yourself properly fueled for regular exercise.

Call (855) 500-2873 to talk to our team and learn more - the information could make a huge difference for your long-term well-being.

In some cases, such as if you have certain genetic mutations that predispose you to cancer, your doctor may help you consider prophylactic (preventive) surgery to remove breast tissue or the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Surgery is only suggested if you have an extremely high risk; special medications may be a better breast cancer prevention option for women with lesser risk.

Breast cancer is treatable and, in many cases, curable if found early (before it has spread). The overall five-year relative survival rate for early stage breast cancer is 99 percent, but only 25 percent for advanced stage.

Early detection is your best protection. Frequent screenings may be the single most important piece in your breast cancer prevention plan. Self-exams and clinical exams will be most appropriate for women beginning in their 20s. Women starting at age 40 should begin getting mammograms every two years - it's almost always covered by health insurance. Call us at (855) 500-2873 to begin your recommended screening schedule. Our goal is to ensure you have a comfortable, positive experience.