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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off in October

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off in October

    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 >>

Preventative Tips:

  • 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.
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