Thursday, October 6, 2022
“Maintaining a healthy weight, being more physically active and limiting your alcohol intake go a long way,” Linzmeier says. “Of course, there is no sure way to prevent this disease, but these are just a few things you can easily do that might help lower your risk.”
An annual mammogram and regular breast self-exams also may help lower a person’s breast cancer risk, Linzmeier says. She practices at the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, a state-of-the-art facility offering a wide range of breast health services.
“A mammogram is an important diagnostic tool when it comes to breast cancer prevention,” Linzmeier says. “This low-dose X-ray lets radiologists look for changes in breast tissue and can help them find or detect breast cancer early, when it’s small and even before a lump has been felt.
“Women with an average breast cancer risk should start screening mammograms at age 40. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you might need to start sooner.”
Regular breast self-exams – done once each month – are probably the easiest way to keep a tab on things outside of the doctor’s office, Linzmeier says. “Who better to know what’s normal with your breasts than you?”
Breast self-exams may help you identify changes in the breasts, which could prove useful for breast cancer screening.
A breast self-exam can be done in the shower or when lying down or when standing in front of a mirror.
“Don’t panic if you think something appears abnormal,” Linzmeier says. “It could be a host of things other than cancer.”
Check with your health care provider if you experience any of the following:
Do your part to help reduce your risk of a breast cancer diagnosis, Linzmeier says.
“Awareness of breast changes and risk factors can help you be in the driver’s seat of your overall breast health,” she says. “We are here to help navigate your path but you can help minimize your risk as well.”
Molly Linzmeier, FNP, sees patients in Green Bay. To request and appointment, call 877-677-5384 or do so online.