February is National Cancer Prevention Month, an effort designed to raise awareness about preventable cancers and educate people on how to mitigate the risk of developing these diseases. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, 40% of cancers diagnosed and nearly half of all deaths from cancer can be attributed to preventable factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, sun exposure, and excess body weight.
This month, we leveraged our organic social communities to share resources to help people lower their risk of cancer and develop safe screening practices to catch cancer early. Continue reading to explore these resources:
Tips to reduce breast cancer risk
In a blog post from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, experts share insights on preventable risk factors for breast cancer and how people can decrease their risk while also improving overall health. To learn more about how to reduce preventable risk factors, read the BCRF’s blog.
Breast cancer screening recommendations
Our recent episode of Outcomes4Me: Perspectives features an interview with Dr. Brea Shrum, an OBGYN at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Shrum discusses the latest breast cancer screening recommendations to help women get clarity on guidelines that can often be confusing. Screening recommendations should be individualized. Learn more by watching Dr. Shrum’s interview now.
Benefits of genetic testing
Undergo genetic testing to be aware of your cancer risk. Benefits of genetic testing include evaluating your risk of developing another cancer, supporting more specific treatment options, and informing your family members about their own risk and helping them take preventative measures. In our recent blog post, breast cancer survivor Suzanne shares her personal experience with genetic testing and why it’s important for breast cancer patients. Read Suzanne’s story now.