The Breast Expert

Dr. Corbin's patient Alanah

Avoiding Breast Cancer

Although you can't control risk factors such as your age, sex or family history, you can make some simple lifestyle choices to help reduce your risk of breast cancer. If you ever do develop breast cancer, good overall health may help you achieve a successful outcome. Here are some positive steps you can take today:

  • Determine your risk. If you are at high risk for breast cancer because of a family history or other risk factors.
  • Have a breast exam. If you are 20–39 years old, have a clinical breast exam every three years, and also perform a monthly breast self-exam.
  • Regular mammograms. If you are over 40, have an annual mammogram and a breast exam by a doctor or nurse.
  • Avoid postmenopausal hormones. Do not take hormone therapy, unless your doctor and you both decide that the benefits outweigh the risks for you.
  • Control your weight. Avoid weight gain, particularly after menopause.
  • Limit alcohol Consumption. If you drink alcohol daily, speak with your doctor about reducing consumption and whether would reduce your risks and improve your overall health.
  • Don't smoke.