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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

How you can reduce your risk
Posted at 7:47 PM, Oct 02, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

The disease looks different in every woman and all women are vulnerable.

We can't prevent breast cancer, so the best defense is to detect it early.

Dr. Katy Patterson with IU Health recommends screening mammograms every year for the average-risk woman beginning at age 40.

Dr. Patterson says the number one way to reduce your breast cancer risk is to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is an important risk factor, especially after menopause.

Exercise is important because it reduces risk by decreasing estrogen.

You can also reduce your breast cancer risk by eating a healthy diet and limiting your alcohol intake.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To learn more about the disease and prevention, click here.

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