MAKE IT PERSONAL
“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.