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Go Pink with Northwell Health

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in the U.S. So join Northwell this October to take a stand against breast cancer and increase awareness of the disease. There’s no better time to join us for community events such as health screenings and fairs, educational lectures and yoga classes. And don't forget to join Northwell Health on Friday, October 18, for National Mammography Day and wear your pink with pride!

Early detection of breast cancer gives you the best chance for survival – and with less aggressive treatments. Screening guidelines include:

  • Women at average risk age 40 and older – Screening with mammogram every year. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and expected to live 10 more years or longer.
  • Women at higher risk – Clinical breast exam every 6 to 12 months with annual mammogram starting at age 30. Additional screening tests, such as breast MRI, may also be recommended.

Talk to your doctor about your specific risk factors and steps you can take to lower your risk. And, familiarize yourself with what’s normal for your breasts – how they look and feel. This way, you can talk to your doctor if you notice something unusual such as a lump, skin change or discharge.

Exercise to reduce your risk of breast cancer
There have been many studies that show that physically active women have a lower risk of breast cancer than inactive women. Physical activity has been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Exercise has several biological effects on the body to reduce cancer risk, including lowering levels of hormones and growth factors, preventing obesity, reducing inflammation and improving immune system function.

Add these foods to your diet for breast cancer prevention
While there is no one food that’s a magic bullet in preventing breast cancer, what you eat may help reduce your risk of developing it. Diets full of whole grains, fiber, and fruits and vegetables have been linked to reduced risk. Nuts, apples, fish and brightly colored fruits and vegetables are all beneficial. And, cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli have even been shown to block tumor growth.

 

This simple procedure has been around for over half a century, yet inconsistencies in professional guidelines still exist.

Do you know your breast cancer risk? Take the breast cancer risk assessment to find out.

Screening mammography aids in the early detection of breast cancer, when in many cases it is more curable and when breast-conserving therapies are available. Studies show it can reduce the risk of death from breast cancer for women ages 40 to 74.

Join us for a free educational event, sponsored by Northwell Health Cancer Institute and Katz Institute for Women’s Health, to learn more about lowering your breast cancer risk.

Register here

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