Why is Breast Cancer Awareness so Important?

To lower risk of breast cancer:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight. Balance your food intake with physical activity to avoid excess weight gain.
  • Be physically active. Every week, get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity (or a combination of these).
  • Limit or avoid alcohol. The ACS recommends that women have no more than one alcoholic drink per day.

Breast Cancer Screening

Fox Chase Cancer Center follows breast cancer screening guidelines set forth by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI).

  • All women should have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if screening earlier than age 40 is needed.
  • Women at average breast cancer risk should begin screening at age 40.
  • Women previously diagnosed with breast cancer may also benefit from supplemental screening with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), especially if their cancer was diagnosed at or before the age of 50.

“Three tests are typically used in detecting breast cancer. Each has its own benefits and risks. Women should talk with their doctor regarding the best option for them,” said Tuite.

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