Recently there has been much debate over The US Preventative Services Task Force’s new guidelines for mammography screening. The Maurer Foundation, along with other organizations such as the American Cancer Society (ACS), firmly support that women go for annual mammogram screening beginning at the age of 40. Understanding that this is a controversial subject, it should not deter women from being in control of their own health.
It is also important to incorporate a healthy diet and regular exercise into your lifestyle. High levels of estrogen contribute to one’s risk of breast cancer. A diet high in fat increases estrogen levels. Therefore, maintaining a diet low in fat and exercising at least 30 minutes a day can significantly decrease your risk. Studies show that there is also a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. Even one drink a day increases your risk when compared to non-drinkers.
Understanding that there is controversy over the mammography screening guidelines should not deter women from being in control of their own health. It is important to reinforce that each person can reduce their risk of breast cancer by living a healthier lifestyle!