What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?
Breast cancer is not a preventable disease. However, you can
help lower your risk of breast cancer in the following ways—
- Get screenedscreened for breast cancer
- Keep a healthy
regularly (at least four hours a week).
- Limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
- If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy
or oral contraceptives (birth
control pills), ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it
is right for you.
- Breastfeed your babies, if
- If you plan to have children after age 30, talk to your doctor
about your cancer risk.
If you have a family history of breast cancer
or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and
BRCA2 genes, you may have a higher breast cancer risk. Talk to
your doctor about these ways of reducing your risk—
- Antiestrogens or other medicines that block or decrease
estrogen in your body.
- Surgery to reduce your risk of
- Prophylactic (preventive) mastectomy (removal of breast
- Prophylactic (preventive) salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the
ovaries and fallopian tubes).
It is important that you know your family history and talk to
your doctor about screening and other ways you can lower your risk.
For more information about breast cancer
Breast Cancer (PDQ): Prevention.