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How You Can Prevent Breast Cancer

If you are someone with a higher risk for breast cancer due to your family or your age, maybe you should consider paying more attention to preventative strategies. There are some simple and specific changes you can make to help lower your risk for breast cancer.

Eat a Healthy Diet

We hear how important a healthy diet is all the time, but in this case it can make a big difference. Most recommended is the Meditteranean diet that is filled with more fish and less red meat, lots of fruits and colorful vegetables, virgin olive oil instead of butter or margarine, plus nuts and grains. Combined with exercise, this diet can serve to keep you at a healthy weight too.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Here’s another mantra that seems to pop up all the time. That’s because it matters. Being obese or overweight takes a toll on our bodies in many ways. That extra weight can actually increase the risk of developing breast cancer, especially in women after menopause.

Stay Active No Matter Your Age

Exercise of any kind can only be beneficial. Walking, running, lifting weights, and riding a bike all help a person to lower their risk of developing breast cancer.  A minimum of 150 minutes of activity a week is recommended for most healthy adults.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

You are at greater risk for breast cancer the more you drink. The American Cancer Society recommends women who drink should have only one drink per day. That means 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of liquor. Enough said.

Don’t Smoke

Research suggests there is a link between smokers and breast cancer, especially in premenopausal women. If you don’t smoke, don’t start!

Limit the Duration of Hormone Replacement Therapy

A word to the wise if you are entering menopause, you should know that HRT can affect your risk for breast cancer. If you stay on HRT consistently for 3 to 5 years, it can increase your risk. You can ask Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC to lower the dose or recommend other options for you.

Follow Guidelines and Take Preventative Action

Follow the standard recommendations for getting mammograms, and doing self exams to look for any changes to your breasts.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only help to protect you from getting breast cancer, but it will improve your chances of survival should you be officially diagnosed. You can’t change your family history, but you can control how you live your life.

Contact Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC if it’s time for your mammogram or if you have noticed a change in your breast tissue.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

  • Bonney Lake
  • Federal Way

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control