In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. As part of the campaign, here are manageable ways to defeat breast cancer.
Eight Ways To Defeat Breast Cancer
- Examine your breasts regularly and report any changes to your physician.
- See you doctor regularly for your breasts exams in your 20s and 30s.
- Get annual mammograms at 40, or earlier if you are high-risk.
- Eat fiber and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight means extra risk.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Do not smoke, and quit if you do.
- Get at least 45 minutes of physical activity daily.
Three Steps to Finding Brest Cancer Early
Step 1 Mammograms
Schedule a yearly mammogram starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as you are in good health.
Step 2 Breast Exam
Get a breast exam by a doctor or nurse as part of your health exam every three years in your 20s and 30s and every year at age 40 and older.
Step 3 Self Exam
Know how your breasts normally look and feel and report any change promptly to your doctor or nurse.
Women with certain risk factors
Some women – because of a family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – may need to be tested with MRI in addition to mammograms. Talk with your doctor about your history an the best course of action for you.
Three Things to Tell Your Friends about Breast Cancer
- All women can get breast cancer – even those who have no family history of the disease.
- The tow most important risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older. Though it is less common, about 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
- Women diagnosed with breast cancer early, when the cancer is small and has not spread, have a high chance of surviving it. Getting a mammogram is the best thing you can do to help find breast cancer early. If you notice any changes, tell your doctor without delay.
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It’s most treatable before it advances. Early detection and simple changes can help save lives.
We’re all in this together. Together, we can defeat breast cancer.