October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that while there are still genetic and other factors we can’t control, most research shows that approximately 50% of cancers are linked to lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking, stress, and inactivity. Taking control of these factors can also increase the survival rate for those diagnosed with breast cancer. Make empowering choice to begin addressing risks and work toward a cure now! Here are some steps:
Make sure you are doing a monthly breast self-exam and remind others to do the same.
Get a yearly mammogram.
Exercise to reduce your risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends regular physical activity 5 or more days a week.