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2014 National Women Survivors Convention

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July 31 – August 2, 2014        

REGISTER BY DECEMBER 31st, 2013 for early-bird discount!

2014 Cruise

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You are cordially invited to a private onboard reception to celebrate Cheri’s 30th anniversary as a cancer survivor as we sail to Belize!

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Five Tips for Healthy Breasts

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect time to take steps to help lower your risk of developing breast cancer. While you can’t change some risk factors — genetics and getting older, for example — there are things you can do that may lower your breast cancer risk. Here are 5 ways to help protect your breast health.

1. Watch your weight.  Being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk. This is especially true after menopause and for women who gain weight as adults. The major source of estrogen for postmenopausal women is not the ovaries, but fat tissue. The increased risk may be due in part to this excess estrogen in fatty tissue.

There’s evidence that losing weight may lower breast cancer risk. One easy goal to get started is to try losing dropping just half a pound per week.

2. Exercise regularly. Many studies have found that exercise is a breast-healthy habit. The American Cancer Society recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity and/or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

Don’t cram it all into a single workout — spread it out over the week.  Ramping up your exercise routine even more may lower your breast cancer risk even further.

3. Limit alcohol. Women who have 2 or more alcoholic drinks a day have about 1.5 times the risk of breast cancer compared to women who don’t drink at all.
4. Avoid or limit hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) had long been used for night sweats, hot flashes, and other troublesome symptoms of menopause. But in 2002, researchers found that postmenopausal women who took a combination of estrogen and progestin were more likely to develop breast cancer. Breast cancer risk appears to return to normal within 5 years after stopping the combination of hormones.

Talk with your doctor about all the options to control your menopause symptoms, and the risks and benefits of each. If you do decide to try HRT, it is best to use it at the lowest dose that works for you and for as short a time as possible.

5. Get recommended breast cancer screenings to find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and over get one every year, along with a exam by a doctor or nurse. Let your doctor know about any breast changes you find yourself.  If you have a family history of cancer, you might consider more advanced tests beyond a mammogram.

MD Anderson Network Cancer Survivorship Conference

When:  September 27-28, 2013

Where: Omni Westside Houston, 13210 Katy Freeway, Houston,TX 77079
Featuring: Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD 

Conference Registration is now OPEN!