While Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close, we want to encourage all women to remain vigilant throughout the year. In addition to monthly self-examinations, yearly clinical breast examinations and annual screening mammograms for women ages 40 and older, there are ways to potentially lower your risk of getting breast cancer. According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, below are some things that you can do that may lower your chances of getting breast cancer, and may also reduce the risk of other serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
1. Try to maintain a healthy weight and avoid weight gain.
2. Maintain a healthy diet. Eat less red meat and more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
3. Limit alcohol.
4. Quit smoking.
5. Get moving! Start by doing anything that gets you moving... walk, garden or do an in-home workout. If you’re getting your heart rate up, you’re reaping benefits.
As a reminder, you can now schedule your screening mammogram on-line using Heritage Valley’s My Care Link. Simply download the Heritage Valley Health System app (iHVHS/aHVHS); create a “My Care Link” account; click on the Mammography Exam icon and follow the prompts to schedule an appointment at one of our eight screening locations. To schedule through heritagevalley.org, click on Patient & Visitor Resources to find “My Care Link.” CLICK HERE if you need help creating a “My Care Link” account.
Diagnostic mammograms may be scheduled by calling 1-866-901 MAMO (6266).