Tips to reduce your risk of breast cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Memorial has tips on how you can reduce your risk.

The medical oncology group at Memorial recommends prioritizing diet and exercise.

A BMI under 25 is recommended and then moderate exercise from 150 to 300 minutes a week.

It’s also important to know your breasts and look for irregularities to report to your doctor as well as getting yearly mammograms if you’re over the age of 40.

The earlier the diagnosis, the more curable the cancer is and it’s less likely you’ll have to go through chemotherapy and radiation.

Since the pandemic, Memorial saw less patients come into their clinics for mammograms, but they warn that you shouldn’t let COVID deter you. Nurse Practitioner Lauren Hitt said, “We are taking precautions. Everyone is being safe. Providers are still wearing masks. So, we do recommend that you still stay with your routine appointments and we do definitely recommend your routine mammograms. All the personnel are taking precautions to keep you safe during this time.”

Memorial is offering discounted rates for mammograms at $100 for a 2D and $125 for a 3D.

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