Although cancer is becoming more common and doctors and scientists are gaining a better understanding of the disease and successful treatments, there is no single and straight forward known cause for cancer yet

How then do you prevent cancer? According to there precautions you can take to improve your health and reduce your risk of breast cancer and improve your chances of early detection and recovery.

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Do your checks

Having regular screenings and self-exams means getting to know and understand your breasts so you can detect changes as soon as possible and seek medical attention.
According to, women between the age of 45 and 45 should have formal mammograms every year while older women are advised to have a mammogram every two years.
Everyone should be doing self-exams, they’re quick, easy and painless.


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Maintain a healthy weight

Overweight women have a higher risk of breast cancer because according to, being overweight and even where you carry your extra weight can contribute to your cancer risk.
Women who carry more extra weight in their mid-sections are at higher risk of breast cancer among other ills. However, extra fat, no matter where it is can cause the body to produce excess oestrogen, which contributes to increased risks of breast cancer.

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Know your family’s medical history

Knowing your family’s medical history means knowing your risk and taking necessary precautions which could include more frequent breast exams.
Avoid or limit drinking and smoking
Smoking is well known to increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke, among other diseases.
Alcohol can also contribute to concern risk and, also affect your health and increase your chances of cancer.

Understand the hormones you are taking

Oestrogen has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Although Oestrogen levels fluctuate according to the time of the month and age, certain medication, including birth control can also increase oestrogen levels with that possibly increasing your chances of developing breast cancer.
Knowing and understanding the medication you are taking, and its effect on you and your cancer risk can help you make better choices.


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