Breast Cancer Awareness: Are Your Breasts Healthy?
How much do you know about the health of your breasts? Keep your breasts healthy with these tips.
Although the rates of breast cancer have been declining in this country over the last several years, breast health is a crucial aspect of every woman’s overall wellness. We turned to Dr. Lisa Masterson, a practicing OB/GYN, contributor to the hit show “The Doctors,” and host of the new podcast “Health in Heels with Dr. Lisa,” to find out how to keep your breasts healthy.
Loop21.com: Tell me about the state of breast cancer in this country.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: About 1 in 8 women in the US (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. After increasing for more than two decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000 and then dropped by about 7% from 2002 to 2003. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases seem to be a result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
Loop21.com: What steps should women take to keep their breasts healthy?
LM: Annual clinical breast exams, doing self breast exams, and having a mammogram at age at 40 or earlier if you are at high risk for breast cancer decreases risks. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, decreasing alcohol consumption, and breastfeeding can also help decrease the risk of breast cancer.
To find out how to perform regular breast self exams, check out this link to the National Breast Council Foundation.
Dana Robinson is the Lead Producer and Contributor, Health & Fitness Channel for Loop21.com.
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