Paul Williams, MD, a breast cancer specialist with the Heart of Florida Physician Group, wants everyone to know that there are a few ways you can help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
Although breast cancer is not always preventable, Dr. Williams recommends following a few simple steps that may reduce your risk of breast cancer.
First, begin by incorporating a healthy diet into your lifestyle. We know that weight gain and obesity in adulthood are modifiable risk factors for breast cancer. Secondly, we know that drinking alcohol even at moderate levels may increase your risk. For this reason, we recommend limiting your alcohol consumption to less than one drink per day. Lastly, stay up-to-date with national recommendations for screening and surveillance for breast cancer.
The American College of Radiology recommends that women begin yearly mammograms at age 40. They should also have clinical breast exams every 3 years in their 20s, and yearly clinical breast exams in their 30s.
Dr. Williams urges women to be aware of the real risk of breast cancer and if any problems or concerns arise at any age call and make an appointment. Call 863-421-7276.
Dr. Williams is a member of the medical staff at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center. Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.