How can you prevent breast cancer?

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.
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".
"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.

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How can you prevent breast cancer?

Weight and smoking. There are many known and unknown factors for the risk of breast cancer - these include genetic factors, gender, age, age when menstrual cycles started, history of radiation exposure to the chest area. These factors cannot be modified. So the risk factors that you can modify are: being overweight, excessive use of alcohol, and smoking. Most importantly, do breast exams and get your mammogram. Read more...

How can you prevent breast cancer from happening?

You can't. The biggest risk is being female and getting older. Other risk factors include having babies after 30, not having any babies at all, menopause at a later age, or hormone replacement therapy. Less than10% of people who develop breast cancer have an inherited gene, called the brca gene. Get your mammograms yearly to detect it early when cure is highest. Exercise, and stay at your ideal weight. Read more...
You can't. You can't choose your parents unfortunately. You can't prevent yourself from having certain hereditary genetic mutation-that will play a role in about 20% of breast cancer incidence. But what you can do is by having a regular screening with mammogram- have a healthy lifestyle, well balanced diet, avoid bad habits like cigarette and alcohol. Exercise regularly. And hope that we're not gonna get it. Read more...

Is it genetic or can you prevent breast cancer?

Well... You cannot completely prevent breast cancer but you can reduce the risk of getting it by living a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of dying of it by getting screened. Some people have higher than normal risk and need special interventions. Talk to your doc about this and best to you. Read more...

How do you prevent breast cancer?

You can't. Generally we think a healthy lifestyle, avoiding known hazards (smoking, excessive alcholol, etc) , getting excercise, appropriate weight etc can be beneficial to overall health. No magic strategy to prevent breast cancer. Most docs in practice still believe screening mammography is indicated at 40, as death rates have plummeted with early detection and treatment. Read more...
Prevention. For one with brca 1/2 genes mutation- prophylactic bilateral mastectomies will decrease about 99% risk for breast cancer. For the rest of population without this genetic mutation, there is nothing special- except to have regular screening test with mammogram and have a healthy life style. Well balance diet, decrease processed red meat, avoid cigarettes/alcohol, and exercise regularly. Read more...

How can I prevent breast cancer?

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. Read more...

Are there any ways to prevent breast cancer?

Yes. Studies have shown that women at high risk for breast cancer may have a 50% reduction in breast cancer by taking tamoxifen or Raloxifene for 5 years. Furthermore, women with the hereditary predisposition to developing breast cancer (brca mutations) may prevent the development of breast cancer by undergoing a double-mastectomy. Read more...
Weight. Studies have shown that overweight individuals have a higher risk of developing multiple types of cancers including breast. Maintaining a healthy body weight is one way to help prevent cancers. Read more...

Can having your breasts removed prevent breast cancer?

Yes. Studies have shown that women who are at moderate-to-high risk of developing breast cancer may reduce their chance of developing breast cancer by 90% by having both breasts removed (bilateral prophylactic mastectomy). This can be combined with a reconstructive procedure, at the discretion of the patient. Read more...
Not necessarily. Having a prophylactic mastectomy - removing the breast without any evidence of cancer or disease - can reduce the risk of cancer developing but the risk is approximately 1-3%, not zero. This surgery is usually performed for women at significantly elevated risk , such as those with a brca gene mutation. Read more...
Yes. Prophylactic mastectomies when performed on high risk patients does decrease their risk of breast cancer. Read more...
It can..... But I do not recommend it in the absence of a really good reason such as positive brca genes. :). Read more...
Close, but... Prophylactic double mastectomy (removing both breasts) is only offered to women who are very high risk for cancer i.e., women with a brca gene. But even removal of both does not absolutely prevent breast cancer... The theory is you may have had it before your surgery and a single cell got away. Consult with an experienced breast surgeon prior to making any decision. Read more...

Can I do anything to prevent myself from getting breast cancer?

Yes. While we do not have a clear understanding of why people get breast cancer, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a low-fat diet, avoidance of tobacco and alcohol, and exercise, can help. In addition, women at high risk for breast cancer can take tamoxifen for 5 years, which can reduce their risk of cancer development by 50%. Read more...
Possibly. There is no way to 100% prevent breast cancer from developing, but your risk can be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet and weight, getting moderate regular exercise, reducing stress, and possibly by reducing exposure to various toxins. Tamoxifen and Raloxifene can reduce risk for women at elevated risk. Read more...
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. Read more...