Avoiding environmental risks of breast cancer
Dec 22, 2011
A new report, titled Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach, illustrates different methods to help women prevent breast cancer, and some of these seemed curious to various doctors, and according to AAFP News Now.
"Of special interest to family physicians should be the risks associated with combined hormone replacement therapy and radiation," Dr. Michael LeFevre told the news source. "The former has been reduced significantly in the U.S. since the publication of the results of the Women's Health Initiative, but only recently have we seen much concern expressed about the effects of radiation exposure associated with medical imaging."
The report suggests that women should avoid tobacco, unnecessary medical radiation and a combination of estrogen-progestin menopausal hormone therapy. They should also maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and limit alcohol consumption.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breast cancer health news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.