• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Reducing breast cancer risk

October 13, 2017

an ethnically diverse group of womenBreast cancer prevention: How to reduce your risk 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to learn about breast cancer prevention. Some risk factors, such as family history, can't be changed. However, there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk. And being vigilant about breast cancer detection, including regular mammograms and other screening, can help detect breast cancer early when it's most easily treated. Learn more about what you can do to keep yourself healthy.

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