Taking preventative care against breast cancer

Lifestyle changes have been shown in studies to decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women. Follow these important steps and be breast aware all year round.

 

Do regular self-examinations

Whether in the shower or when getting dressed be sure to check your breasts regularly for any lumps or irregularities.

 

Go for annual mammograms

After the age of 35 you should be getting an annual mammogram, especially if you have a family history of breast cancer.  Resolution Health members on the Progressive Flex, Millennium and Supreme options enjoy cover for an annual mammogram as part of their Preventative Care benefit. As the cherry on top, Zurreal Platinum members can earn R100 per beneficiary over the age of 30 in cash back rewards when they go for their annual mammogram.

 

Limit the booze

The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer. Limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk.

 

Kick the habit

Evidence suggests a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women. As an added bonus, not smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.

 

Check the scale

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of breast cancer. This is especially true if obesity occurs later in life, particularly after menopause.

 

Get active

Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent breast cancer. 

 

Limit hormone therapy

Combination hormone therapy for more than three to five years increases the risk of breast cancer. If you›re taking hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, ask your doctor about other options. If you decide that the benefits of short-term hormone therapy outweigh the risks, use the lowest dose that works for you and continue to have your doctor monitor the length of time you are taking hormones.