Steps for Breast Cancer Prevention (or early diagnosis)
Last month I shared with you my thoughts on the importance of self-care and the month before that I shared with you my friend Tina’s cancer journey and her advice on how to support a friend through a cancer diagnosis. Of course, these two things go hand in hand and the very top priority should be talking care of yourself.
Schedule Regular Breast Cancer Screenings
One of your best defenses in catching breast cancer early is to schedule your regular mammogram screenings. Make a habit out of getting that appointment on the calendar every year.
Eat Healthy / Stay Hydrated / Exercise
While no actions can promise prevention, we do know that eating healthy, getting exercise and maintaining a healthy weight is always in our best interest.
Know Your Family History
While knowing your family history can’t reduce your risk of breast cancer, it can provide valuable information for your doctor in your breast health and care.
Perform Breast Self-Examinations Regularly
And of course, information is power. Talk to other women. Talk to your doctor. Ask the questions, all of the questions. Because:
I’ve been so thankful to have had the opportunity to partner with the maker of Breast Cancer Index and to have shared this information with you these past few months.
If you know someone facing a breast cancer diagnosis, please refer to the Breast Cancer Index website for more information about the Breast Cancer Index Test and how it might be relevant to their situation.
Not only can this test provide women with more knowledge but it also can help direct the course of their treatment and the choices that they and their oncologists will make along that journey.
Breast Cancer Index is the only commercially available test that can both:
1) predict whether an early-stage, HR+ breast cancer patient is likely to benefit from antiestrogen therapy beyond 5 years and
2) provide the patient’s individual risk of recurrence after 5 years.
So please, remember this information should you or anyone you love ever find themselves in a position where this might be useful.
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