Oct 04

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of breast cancer

  • Avoid alcohol or have no more than one alcoholic drink per day
  • Limit your time on hormone replacement therapy, if used, and talk to your nurse practitioner before making any medication changes
  • Maintain a healthy body weight, especially after menopause
  • Be physically active as part of everyday life
  • Get screened—regular mammograms, generally every two years, are the best way most women aged 50 to 74 years can reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

If you are 50–74, go for a mammogram every two years at the Ontario Breast Screening Program.

If you are 30–69 and think you may be at high risk for breast cancer, talk to your NP about a referral for a yearly mammogram and breast MRI based on family or medical history. See OBSP Screening for Women at High Risk for more information.