Ways to Reduce the Risk of Breast CancerNovember 9th, 2012
Five Numbers to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Here are five numbers every woman should know for breast cancer risk reduction:
40 years: the age you should start getting an annual mammogram. Only about 5 percent of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women who are younger than 40. In fact, the average age of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer is 61, says the National Cancer Institute.
88 percent: the odds a woman with stage one breast cancer will live at least five more years, according to the American Cancer Society.
2 or more: the number of daily alcoholic drinks that may raise your chances for developing breast cancer by 20 percent. After conducting a review of more than 50 different studies on the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer risk, a group of British researchers determined that for each alcoholic beverage consumed per day, a woman’s breast cancer risk rose by seven percent.
20 pounds: the extra body mass that could bump your breast cancer risk by 45 percent. Having excess fatty tissues can increase the amount of cancer-fueling estrogen in a post-menopausal woman’s body. Since the majority of breast cancers happen in older women, if you are at (or nearing) menopause, you should consider maintaining a healthy weight as a crucial step to take to avoid the disease.
5 hours: the minimum amount of time you need to spend sweating each week to ward off breast cancer. Numerous studies indicate that sticking to a regular exercise regimen can lower a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer by as much as 20 percent. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) suggests engaging in a workout regimen that includes a combination of cardio and strength training.
Helen Mabry is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon with an interest in wellness and health optimization. Dr. Mabry works at University of Toledo Medical Center. Mabry practiced in Southern California for eight years before moving back to Toledo in July 2012 to be near family. I grew up in Toledo and attended Maumee Valley Country Day School K-12. Mabry graduated from Smith College and completed a Master of Science in Chemistry at Bowling Green State University. Mabry obtained a M.D. from Ohio State University College of Medicine. Mabry completed a General Surgery residency at University of South Florida and a Breast Surgery fellowship at University of Southern California.
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