Wednesday, October 1 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-10-01 19:12:07 GMT
(WMC) - Chances are you know someone impacted by breast cancer. Oct. 1 kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many people, organizations, and even businesses across the Mid-South are showing their supportMore >>
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many people, organizations, and even businesses across the Mid-South are showing their support by going pink.More >>
Watch your weight: Being overweight or gaining weight as an adult increases the chances of developing the disease, especially after menopause. Eating well can help keep your weight in check throughout your life.
Exercise: Experts recommend about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. If possible, include at least two strength training sessions a week as well.
Avoid smoking and if you drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than one drink a day. The more alcohol you consume, the greater your risk, experts say.
If you are able to breast feed when you have children, this may offer some protection against breast cancer.
Avoid hormone therapy after menopause, if possible. It may raise the risk.
Get screened for breast cancer. Early detection may increase the chances of successful treatment. Talk to your doctor about the best screening options for you.