What can I do to lower my risk of getting breast cancer?

You can help lower your risk of breast cancer in the following ways:

Know your personal and family history of breast cancer: 

•   If you have a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer, talk to your doctor about your risk of getting breast cancer. 

•   Ask your doctor what screening tests you should get and how often.

•   Ask your doctor if you have dense breast tissue, and together decide which, if any, additional screening exams are right for you.

•   If you use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat the symptoms of menopause, ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of HRT and find out if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.

Get screened for breast cancer regularly. By getting the necessary exams, you can increase your chances of finding out early if you have breast cancer.

Other lifelong ways to help prevent breast cancer may include:

•   eat a healthy diet
•   maintain a healthy weight
•   limit alcohol intake
•   quit tobacco use

Visit Maine CDC www.KeepMEWell.org  for more information.