How to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Learn how to reduce your risk of a breast cancer recurrence in this Howcast video with expert Marisa Weiss, MD.

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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. After being diagnosed with breast cancer so much of the emphasis is on the actual treatment. Mastectomies or lobectomies and re-excisions, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and you kind of make your way through all that. But what women may not know is that after their additional treatment is over and the rest of their life begins, they still have an everyday opportunity to reduce the risk of ever seen and recurrence or a new breast cancer. So for example, many women are prescribed to medicine or hormonal therapy, that is taken once a day for five to ten years, after her additional treatment is over. That is a very important treatment that can give you some of the greatest benefits. But as human beings we are not perfect once we are a few years out of our diagnoses. A lot of women stop doing what they really should be doing. So sticking with your plan, keeping up with your medicines, is really important. And if there is a side-effect of those medicines that is kind of getting in your way and keeping you from taking those medicines, talk to your doctor about it. Because you may be able to manage that side-effect or switch to another medicine that is less likely to have that side-effect. It is also true, that what you eat, what you drink, what you take in your everyday life , can also help you reduce your rest. So eating healthy, mostly fruits and vegetables, buying organic sources of the food that are most likely to have parasites in them. Look at the dirty [xx] by the environmental working group, for example. You want to make sure to exercise regularly, three to four hours a week. But five to seven hours is better. For me, I love zumba. It combines music and dance. It helps me stick to my plan as a breast cancer survivor myself. Getting to and sticking to a healthy weight is really important. That means eating less, eating small meals, limiting your alcohol use to five or fewer drinks per week. I try to stick to two to three types of beverages or fewer per week. These are just examples of the everyday choices that you can and really should make in order to stay as healthy as you can be. Moving forward, after your additional treatment is over. I also have a book called: living well beyond breast cancer. That I wrote with my mother, who is a survivor. And it is a bible for how to manage the everyday choices in your life. At breastcancer.org we have many places where you can go, including the discussions boards to get expert medical information as well as personal experience that can help guide your way through and beyond breast cancer.

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