Patients who do not have any risk factors for breast cancer can still decrease their risk for developing breast cancer by following the recommendations concerning lifestyle changes. Those patients with a personal/family history of breast cancer or positive genetic test may decide to follow the other possible options for reducing breast cancer risk. Please consult your healthcare provider to discuss these options in greater detail and to decide which, if any, option is right for you.

Many factors can influence your breast cancer risk, and most women who develop breast cancer do not have any known risk factors or a history of the disease in their families. However, you can help lower your risk of breast cancer in the following ways:

  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly (at least four hours a week).
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, or limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer (carcinogens).
  • Try to reduce your exposure to radiation during medical tests like mammograms, X- rays, CT scans, and PET scans.
  • If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives (birth control pills), ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.
  • Breastfeed your babies, if possible.

 

Although breast cancer screening cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you, and when you should have them.

If you have a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, you may have a higher breast cancer risk. Talk to your doctor about these ways of reducing your risk:

  • Increased Screening mammograms/MRIs
  • Antiestrogens or other medicines that block or decrease estrogen in your body.
  • Surgery to reduce your risk of breast cancer
    • Prophylactic (preventive) mastectomy (removal of breast tissue)
    •  Prophylactic (preventive) salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes).


It is important that you know your family history and talk to your doctor about screening and other ways you can lower your risk.

About Elite Diagnotics

Elite Diagnostics is a Highly Complex CLIA certified Lab based in Crown Point, Indiana. We use state of the art technology coupled with rigorous quality control guidelines to provide prompt and reliable test results for physicians and their patients.