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How to Manage Your Breast Cancer Risk
The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the United States with the average woman having a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. While there are many uncontrollable factors, there are ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Drink minimal amounts to decrease your risk of developing breast cancer.
Maintain a healthy weight to minimize your breast cancer risk.
As little as 30 minutes of physical activity three days per week reduces your risk of breast cancer.
Increase consumption of dark, richly colored fruits and vegetables (such as blueberries and broccoli) and decrease the amount of saturated fats (such as those found in red meat and dairy products).
With guidance from your health care provider, use the lowest dose possible of estrogen and progesterone therapy.
Even a short period of breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk.
What to Expect from Your Screening Mammogram
- When registering for your appointment, you will be asked to complete a health history form to evaluate breast cancer risk (see the Mammography Questionnaire above).
- The mammographer will bring you to the dressing room where you will change into a gown.
- Please remove any deodorants or powders from your armpits and your breasts with the wipes provided.
- The mammographer will bring you to the mammography room and ask about any physical conditions that could interfere with positioning.
- The mammographer will mark any raised moles or scars on your breasts.
- The mammographer will place each breast in firm compression and will ask you to hold your breath or breathe quietly during each image to decrease motion.
- At least two images will be taken of each breast. Each image takes only a few seconds.
- The mammographer will not be able to give you results.
- A radiologist will review your images and compare to any prior images on file.
- Results should be received within 30 business days of the exam via written letter, and a report will be sent to your provider.
- Come back and see us next year!