Breast Cancer Prevention in Your 40s

Learn what you can do to prevent breast cancer if you're in your 40s in this Howcast video with expert Marisa Weiss, MD.

Hi, I’m Doctor Marisa Weiss, president and founder of breastcancer.org. I’m also a practicing oncologist, and mom, and also a breast cancer survivor. So I’m happy to share information with you today that could help protect your life against breast cancer. If your a women in your forty’s, your probably leading a very busy life between whats going on at your home, whats going on in the office as well as your community. Its also true that we have more struggles with our weight because with each pregnancy you often gain weight and maybe you haven’t lost that weight that you gained and it seems to be harder to shake of the extra pounds and find the time to do the exercise that really is important. There are lot of tricks for that, eating small meals more frequently, really sticking to a plant base diet where most of what your eating is coming from fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, spices, things like that minimizing the high calorie things. Most of weight management ends up being about food. About 80% of weight management is about what your eating rather than how much your moving around. Many women in their forty’s are still concerned about contraception you want to look for a non hormonal type of contraception like the IUD or even the diaphragm. The birth control pill is not as safe in women in their forty’s and also non hormonal types of birth control are healthier. With all that’s on your plate you want make sure you are sleeping well, that the dogs not waking you up, the kids you know the teenagers aren’t slamming the doors and waking you up in the night time. Do what you can to protect your sleep so that you can rest up and get ready for the next day. Besides taking all these steps to reduce the risk of ever getting breast cancer you still want to take full advantage of early detection. The current guidelines are – get your annual mammography starting at the age of forty and every year after that together with your doctors breast examination and your own breast self examination. Those three tools will help you get the greatest benefit from early detection.