Healthy Tips

October 7, 2011

5 Tips to maintain breast health

5 Tips to maintain breast health

5 Tips to maintain breast health

1 in 8 women are projected to develop breast cancer sometime in their life. However, more women are surviving breast cancer due to early detection. These small daily tasks may decrease your chances of getting cancer much more than you think. 

  • Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum
  • Receive regular mammograms – If you would like to schedule an appointment, the University Breast Center can help you.
  • Eat healthy and stay activeOne third of all cancers are connected to poor diet and activity factors. Pay close attention to what you eat everyday and try to follow the recommended food serving guidelines. For adults, it is recommended at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day.
  • Monthly skin self-exam - According to the American Cancer Society, most melanomas are curable in the early stages, so self examinations and physician visits are key to detecting skin cancer before it advances and spreads. 
  • Monthly self-breast exam- Except for skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, but it can be successfully treated with early detection and continuous breast health.

If you have any symptoms of breast cancer, such as a mass, changes in skin or nipple, nipple discharge, changes in the size or shape or pain, you should speak to your doctor. Also, it you have a personal history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer; a family history; or have no children or your first child after age 30, be sure to follow the guidelines for an increased risk of breast cancer.

For ways to maintain a healthier kitchen and lifestyle, visit our Healthy Living Kitchen where you will find recipes, a food label guide, nutrition and food services.


Related Resources 

American Cancer Society
Breast Cancer Care at UT Medical Center   
Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society   
How to perform a breast self exam