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How can you prevent breast cancer?

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Healthy weight

We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history.
We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity.

In brief: Healthy weight

We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history.
We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: You can't

You can't prevent breast cancer with any certainty.
What you can do is reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by eating healthy, exercising, avoiding obesity, limiting alcohol consumption, as well breast-feeding, avoiding post-menopausal hormone replacement, etc. But some women are genetically pre-disposed and will get breast cancer despite a "healthy lifestyle".

In brief: You can't

You can't prevent breast cancer with any certainty.
What you can do is reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by eating healthy, exercising, avoiding obesity, limiting alcohol consumption, as well breast-feeding, avoiding post-menopausal hormone replacement, etc. But some women are genetically pre-disposed and will get breast cancer despite a "healthy lifestyle".
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Dr. Martin Wertkin
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery

In brief: "Chemoprevention"

Women at high risk for breast cancer may reduce their cancer risk by as much as 50% by taking tamoxifen or Raloxifene for 5 years.
These drugs are not without side effects or risks; consult with a breast surgeon or a medical oncologist to learn the pro's and con's.

In brief: "Chemoprevention"

Women at high risk for breast cancer may reduce their cancer risk by as much as 50% by taking tamoxifen or Raloxifene for 5 years.
These drugs are not without side effects or risks; consult with a breast surgeon or a medical oncologist to learn the pro's and con's.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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