What You Can Do To Maintain Breast Health Contact a Specialist If you have a question, call: 413-794-8141 Some risk factors for breast cancer are out of your control – like a family history of breast disease and your age. But there are guidelines you can follow to maintain good health and help prevent cancer: Stay active. Whether it’s a brisk walk during your lunch break, a run on the treadmill, or vigorous gardening—it’s vital for us to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days. Eat well. Lower your fat intake by cutting back on fried and processed foods and high-fat dairy products. Aim for seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day—particularly those dark green and orange vegetables and dark colored fruits. Either avoid alcohol completely or limit yourself to three to five drinks per week. Get to know your breasts. Be familiar with how your breasts feel and how they change. Examine your breasts every month. Stay up to date with breast screenings. Clinical breast exams and mammograms are critical for detecting breast cancers. The Normal Breast Breasts change in size, shape, and firmness throughout a woman’s life. These changes are caused by hormones. They begin at puberty and continue through monthly menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause. Remember: Even normal, healthy breasts may feel lumpy at times due to hormonal changes. By knowing what your “normal” is and how your breasts adjust on a daily or monthly basis, you’ll be better able to notice a new lump or unusual changes. Learn how to do a breast self-exam. Call 413-794-8141 to make an appointment with a breast specialist.