6. HAVE A MAMMOGRAM ONCE A YEAR AFTER 40
Accumulating evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. Additionally, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
Mammography is considered the most powerful breast cancer detection tool. Annual mammograms help detect breast cancer early and significantly improve the chances that it can be treated successfully. The five-year survival rate can be as high as 98 per cent for the earliest-stage localised disease, but hovers around 27 per cent for the distant-stage, or metastatic, disease. If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, or have had radiation treatment to the chest in the past, it’s recommended that you start having annual mammograms at a younger age (often beginning around age 30). Discuss with your health-care provider.
Vigorous exercises help your heart and cut your cancer risk.