Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers women face with age being a large factor. Women over the age of sixty-five make up 40 percent of patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the CDC and others, several genetic factors increase an individual’s risk. While we do not have control over many of these factors, it is important to know your own risk so you can be sure to get screened appropriately.
For seniors, maintaining a healthy body and mind is hugely important. October is nationally recognized by the American Cancer Society as Breast Cancer Awareness month. We have all seen the pink ribbon campaigns, but what does it mean for seniors? Learning about breast cancer prevention tips is a wonderful place to start.
Tips for seniors to lower the risk factors of breast cancer:
- Stay on top of yearly screenings. According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force, a screening mammogram done every two years is recommended for women aged 50 to 74 years. Discuss this with your primary care provider who may recommend other screenings depending on your risk factors.
- Get moving. Although regular exercise is beneficial to your health for a multitude of reasons, studies suggest that it can lower the risk of breast cancer.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet. Maintaining a healthy diet is a key component of reducing the risk of breast cancer. By incorporating vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, you are also lowering cancer risk factors.
Seniors Helping Seniors® Du Page County In-Home Care Services is committed to providing assistance to area seniors in their own environment. We provide companionship and an extra set of hands to shop, cook, and help out around the house. We provide seniors with the ability to choose an independent lifestyle in their own homes and be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
We do not require a contract and can be secured for as little as a few hours a week. A minimum of two and three-hour blocks of time can be arranged. Please call or text us at 630-324-6086 or visit our website to learn about our services.