Canadian Living - - Health & Fitness / Body Talk -

“We want women to un­der­stand that their breast health has to be about them,” says MJ De­coteau of Re­think Breast Cancer. Un­til now, breast cancer pre­ven­tion has been thought of in terms of gen­eral guide­lines, but that’s chang­ing, she says: Per­son­al­ized care is the next fron­tier.

“There’s cur­rently a re­search study look­ing at how we can strat­ify risk bet­ter so thereʼs more per­son­al­ized screen­ing,” says Shawn Chirrey of the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety. This could in­volve ge­netic test­ing, as well as look­ing at an in­di­vid­ual’s risk fac­tors in more de­tail as a de­ter­mi­na­tion of risk and how of­ten screen­ing should oc­cur. “We’re go­ing to see a shift to more in­formed con­sent; women are hav­ing this conversation with their doc­tors or nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, so they know the ben­e­fits and lim­i­ta­tions of screen­ing,” he says. In the mean­time, take good care of your body, in­clud­ing your breasts, and talk to your doc­tor about your risks for breast cancer, es­pe­cially if you have a fam­ily his­tory. “That’s the best thing you can do to re­duce your risk,” says Chirrey.

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