Reduce Your Risk
Five Plus ways to reduce your risk...
Five Plus means... five steps plus early detection. Women have the power to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. But in spite of breast cancer’s high public profile, many women aren’t getting clear information about how to take action.
Now, BC’s leading breast cancer organizations have joined forces to show women how simple it can be. Their team of experts has reviewed the best and most current research available and identified five key actions that women should take for better breast health.
“Five” recommendations are what every woman should know about how to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer...
The goal at Five Plus is to offer BC women and their families the information they need to reduce the risk of breast cancer. You can help! Reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, learn these five easy steps and make sure to share them with a friend, your sister, mother or daughter.
1. Maintain a healthy body weight
2. Maintain an active lifestyle
3. Limit your alcohol
4. Breastfeed if possible
5. Weigh the risks and benefits of hormone therapy for menopause symptoms
PLUS... be breast self-aware
PLUS... book a mammogram
You can be confident that each of the five actions:
• Is shown by many research studies to reduce breast cancer risk • Applies to most women in their lifetime • Is easy to understand and practical to follow
There are some risk factors for breast cancer that a woman can’t control, such as a family history of breast cancer.
You might be surprised to learn that, for most women, lifestyle and behaviours are much more important factors for breast health than genetic influences. Only 5-10% of all breast cancers have a genetic cause; while up to 42% are linked to lifestyle factors.
Five Plus addresses both prevention and early detection of breast cancer:
• “Five” recommendations are what every woman should know about how to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer; • The “Plus” recommendations are breast screening steps that women should follow between the ages of 40 and 74.
Five Plus recognizes the important role that others can play in supporting women’s health. BC Cancer provides easy ways for family members to share this important breast health information with the women in their lives. You can find more in their FAQ section. The Five Plus campaign is part of a Provincial Breast Health Strategy, which unites government, health authorities and community partners to improve breast cancer screening, diagnosis and prevention across BC.
To read the complete article, please visit http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/screening/breast/breast-health/reduce-your-risk#Five--Plus