The best way to ensure cure from breast cancer is to perform regular breast screening, with Breast Self Exam (BSE), Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) and Mammography
Other ways to reduce your risk include:
- Control your body weight, take regular exercise and maintain a healthy diet
- If you use hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), discuss this with your doctor
- If you have used hormonal contraceptives for more than 4 years, discuss alternative contraception with your doctor
- Try to breastfeed for at least 6 months, the longer the more protective. Breastfeeding has a cumulative protective effect over the years
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake
- If you have a family history of breast cancer, your risk of developing it may be higher and you should discuss options for screening with your doctor
- All women are at risk - risk increases with age.
- Finding breast cancer early may save your life.
- Complete breast cancer screening includes Mammography, Breast Self-Examination (BSE) and Clinical Breast Exams (CE). This enables detection of breast cancer at an early stage and increases chances of survival.
- Your health is your business - if your doctor hasn’t mentioned the need for a mammogram, ask about it yourself.