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Breast cancer prevention?

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 5 steps

1. Maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer.

In brief: 5 steps

1. Maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of breast cancer.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Healthy Lifestyle

The best things you can do include avoiding estrogen-progesterone pills, smoking, and radiation exposure.
Exercise, a healthy low-fat diet, and avoidance of alcohol will further reduce the risk. A summary of a recent epidemiological study can be found below: http://www.Medpagetoday.Com/meetingcoverage/sabcs/30072.

In brief: Healthy Lifestyle

The best things you can do include avoiding estrogen-progesterone pills, smoking, and radiation exposure.
Exercise, a healthy low-fat diet, and avoidance of alcohol will further reduce the risk. A summary of a recent epidemiological study can be found below: http://www.Medpagetoday.Com/meetingcoverage/sabcs/30072.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible meds

Along with what the other doctors have said, if you are at a particularly high risk for breast cancer due to your family history, you may benefit from chemoprevention.
This means taking tamoxifen or Raloxifene to reduce your risk, if your 5-year-risk of breast cancer is more than 1.66%. Your doctor can calculate your risk here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/bcrisktool/.

In brief: Possible meds

Along with what the other doctors have said, if you are at a particularly high risk for breast cancer due to your family history, you may benefit from chemoprevention.
This means taking tamoxifen or Raloxifene to reduce your risk, if your 5-year-risk of breast cancer is more than 1.66%. Your doctor can calculate your risk here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/bcrisktool/.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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1 comment
Dr. Aruna Mani
another choice for breast cancer drug prevention is exemestane. tamoxifen can be used for pre or postmenopausal women while raloxifen and exemestane are approved for post menopausal women only.
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