5 Ways You can Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Some of the ways to prevent Breast Cancer includes regular checkups, breast self-exams and mammograms . Doing these on time can help you detect breast cancer early on, when it is most treatable. But what about prevention? Short of radical surgery, are there steps you can take to reduce the risk?

Certain immutable factors like genetics, a family’s medical baggage and just being born female determine much of the risk of breast cancer. And, as with all cancers, that risk increases with age: a 30-year-old woman’s chances of developing breast cancer over a 10-year period are less than half of 1 percent, or 1 in 234, while a 60-year-old has a 3.5 percent risk, or 1 in 28.

However ,there are a few things you can do to prevent Breast Cancer . Choices that have an effect include how much alcohol a woman drinks , the amount of physical activity she gets (the more the better) and whether she takes hormones (the less the better). Doctors also urge women to keep their weight down, as obesity increases the risk of developing breast cancer during the postmenopausal years.

Know your family’s medical history.Keep in mind that breast cancer genes come from both sides of the family, not just your mother’s.Among relatives, “the special red flags” are premenopausal breast cancer, bilateral breast cancer (cancer that appears in both breasts) and ovarian cancer, said Dr. Larry Norton, deputy physician in chief of breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. But even if no one in the family had breast cancer, that is no guarantee that you are safe, said Dr. Runowicz; in fact, only 10 percent of breast cancer patients have a family history.

Some of the ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk Includes
  • Cut down on alcohol, or avoid it altogether. When it comes to breast cancer, studies have been pretty consistent: there is no safe amount of alcohol
  • Obesity after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer, so try to keep your weight down. But exercise is beneficial regardless of weight, and even a small amount of physical activity may be helpful.
  • Avoid combined hormone therapy. The recommendation for all hormone therapy is to take the lowest dose for the shortest period necessary. A Women’s Health Initiative study found a slightly higher risk for breast cancer among women who took estrogen with progestin after menopause, and a drop in breast cancer diagnoses since then has been attributed to the fact that many women quit using hormones.

Read the full Article on how to Reduce "Breast Cancer Risk" here

article source:Nytimes Health

US patients Share their Experiances at Wockhardt Hospitals,Bangalore

According to a research conducted by Deloitte India ranks second in Medical Tourism throughout the world. Ironically, India spends only 1.2 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health issues, but the country prides itself in treating Americans and Europeans . The study says that Indian hospitals treated 4.5 lakh foreign patients in 2007.

Thailand tops the list with a record number of 12 lakh. The study says that Indian hospitals treat patients not only from its neighboring states and the countries of West Asia, but also treat a large number of patients from the United States and other European countries. The inflow of patients to India from the European countries has been gradually rising.

The Delloite study forecasts that the number of people turning to "medical tourism" -- will increase from 750,000 to 6 million by 2010, an eightfold increase from the present numbers.

If the actual increase is even half that, the fact is that it will be insurers and employers driving this change, not individuals

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina has already started down the medical tourism road, and employers in other parts of the country are showing growing curiosity, if not interest.

Last year,South Carolina based Companion Global Healthcare Inc had recognized and added Wockhardt Hospitals in Bangalore and Mumbai to its overseas hospital network.All Bluecross Blueshield of South Carolina and Bluechoice Healthplan of South Carolina members will have access to Wockhardt Hospitals through this association with Companion Global Healthcare.

For partnership Inquiries with Wockhardt Hospitals please email us at enquiries@wockhardthospitals.net


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