We all want to take control of our health, and do whatever we can to live a long and healthy life.
When it comes to breast cancer, unfortunately, there are a number of risk factors that you can’t do anything about. You are at risk for the disease simply because you are a woman and are getting older. You might also be at higher than average risk if you have a family history of the disease.
However, there are several other factors that you can address to try to lower your risk.
“It’s especially important to maintain a healthy weight, because obesity and breast cancer are clearly linked, particularly after menopause,” says David A. Shiba, M.D., medical oncologist at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation and medical director for Memorial Medical Center’s Cancer Services. “Eat healthy and get regular exercise. That will contribute to your general health and reduce your risk of all types of cancer, as well as heart disease and other serious conditions.”