And while you can’t change your family, you can take steps to learn about – and reduce – your breast cancer risk. Here’s how:
- Share your history. Tell your primary care doctor if your mother, sister, or daughter had breast cancer. You may also choose to get tested for genes that increase your risk.
- Get screened. Women with a family history of breast cancer may need to get breast exams and schedule mammograms earlier than other women. Consult with your physician about when you should register for a mammogram.
- Exercise regularly. Studies show working out reduces your risk for cancer, even if you’re genetically prone to it.
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