Breast health at any age
Simple ways to maintain your breast health throughout all life’s stages
Even though there’s no sure way to prevent breast cancer, there are some things you can do that maintain your breast health and your overall physical health at any age.
Find a primary care doctor or nurse practitioner
By establishing a relationship with a primary care doctor or nurse practitioner, you’ll have a long-term partner in health. He or she will get to know you and your health history, including your family's history of breast cancer, and will understand your needs and preferences. They can help you avoid problems later in life with simple screenings and care, and partner with you on wellness and prevention. Find a doctor or nurse practitioner in family medicine, internal medicine or obstetrics & gynecology:
Exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet
Research has shown that an unhealthy diet and avoiding exercise can potentially increase the risk of breast cancer. Being overweight or obese particularly raises this risk. According to the American Cancer Society, some of the most important things you can do are maintain a healthy weight throughout life, be physically active and make healthy food choices with plenty of plant-based foods.
Pay attention to how much alcohol you drink
Drinking alcohol has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer (National Cancer Institute). The level of risk rises as the amount of alcohol consumed rises. It’s a good idea to limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
Regular screening mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable. Talk to your doctor about how often you should be getting screened. We have screening appointments available across the metro area:
- Park Nicollet
- Regions Hospital Breast Health Center
- HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinic