Reduce Breast Cancer risk - top 10 tips

While October is the traditional month Australia will focus promotion on Breast Cancer awareness, we took the advice of The Cancer Council of NSW to provide you with the Top Ten tips to help you reduce your risk year-round and detect any problems as early as possible.

Print these tips out, forward them to friends or access them in the library in the future, at any time in the year.

  • Exercise regularly and keep your weight down
  • Eat a healthy diet with at least five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit each day

  • Don't smoke, and if you do, quit

  • Limit or avoid drinking alcohol and have some alcohol free days
  • Have pap smear tests every two years if you are between the ages of 18-69

  • See your doctor promptly if you find a lump in your breast, dimpling of the skin or changes in the nipple

  • Have a mammogram every two years if you are between the ages of 50-69

  • Don't ignore changes in your body, such as swelling, bloating, sudden weight gain or loss, or changes in your normal menstrual pattern

  • Know your family's cancer history and seek advice from your doctor or the Cancer Council Helpline if you have concerns

  • Every woman's body is different, and only you know what's normal for you. If you notice something that is unusual for you, see your doctor
For more information, call the Cancer Council's Helpline on 13 11 20 and speak to a cancer nurse.