If you are on birth control or are considering taking it, it may be a good idea to consult with your doctor about it. Having extra estrogen in your body due to birth control or hormone replacement therapy over your lifetime can put you at a greater risk for it. So it may be a good idea, especially if you have a family history of it to consult a doctor about all your options before deciding on birth control or hormone replacement therapy options.
It may also be a good idea to take a good look at your weight and decide whether you need to lose a few pounds. Being overweight or obese especially after menopause allows your body to still continue circulating estrogen which can increase your chances of getting the cancer. So, now might be a great time to exercise more even only for seventy-five minutes a day can sufficiently help reduce your breast cancer risk.
Some other things you can do are limit alcohol because it has been shown to increase your risk. It is also important to do regular self-exams as well as have monograms on a regular basis. This way you and your doctor can just check to make sure everything is okay and suggest other tips if you need some help. This is just a good idea for your overall health as well as your breast health.
If you are seeing those commercials or reading about Breast Cancer Awareness month, then do not just sit there and wonder about your risk. Take action and do something to lower your risks now. Your body will thank you for it now and in the future.
Susan Komen 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk for the 2010 calendar year is officially underway, commencing with the first walk in San Francisco from October first through October 3. This is a fitting time for this event to begin, as October is the official Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Registration for the 2010 event is still open, but if you would like to participate in this life changing event and have not registered, trained, and raised the necessary funds yet, it would be prudent to register for the 2011 event.
It is Breast Cancer Awareness month and many people are holding walks, selling shirts and hats and promoting breast cancer awareness. You may be watching all of this on TV or hearing about it on the news and wondering about your own breast cancer risk. Well if you are, now is a great time to start doing things to help lowering your risk of getting it. Here are some things you can do to help you get started and worry less about it in the future.