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CANCER TREATMENT

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I have a family history of breast cancer. Is there
anything I can do to reduce my risk of getting the
disease?
If you’re concerned about breast cancer, there are
steps you can take toward breast cancer prevention.
Some risk factors, such as family history, can’t be
changed. The following are lifestyle changes you can
take to lower your risks:
• Limit alcohol. Limit yourself to less than one drink
per day, as even small amounts increase risk

Dr. Kyle Russo Radiation Oncologist

• Don’t smoke. Evidence shows a link between smoking and breast cancer
• Control your weight. Being obese or overweight increases the risk of breast cancer
• Be physically active. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which
in turn helps prevent breast cancer
• Breast feed. The longer you breast feed, the greater the protective effect
• Limit dose/duration of hormone therapy. Hormone therapy for more than five years
could increase the risk of breast cancer.
• Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. Reduce your exposure
when possible
Be vigilant about breast cancer detection. If you notice any changes in your breasts,
consult your doctor. Also, ask your doctor when to begin mammograms and other
screenings based on your history.

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