How to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Michael Coppa, MD, has more than 25 years of experience supporting women’s health. Here, he offers advice on the best ways fo

There's no way to prevent breast cancer entirely, and factors like age and genetics may be beyond your control. But if you're concerned about your risk of developing breast cancer, you can take steps to minimize your risk.

  1. Michael Coppa, MD, has more than 25 years of experience supporting women’s health. Here, he offers advice on the best ways for you to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

If you’re not high-risk but still worried

All women have an elevated risk of breast cancer relative to men. If you don't have additional reasons to be especially concerned about breast cancer, taking good care of your overall physical health is the best thing you can do to reduce your risk.

Some studies suggest that the best anti-breast cancer diet is one that is rich in vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products. Specific foods aren't likely to make a big difference, but eating a healthy diet with plenty of vitamins and nutrients helps keep you in good whole-body health.

If you’re at increased risk of developing breast cancer

If you know you have an elevated risk of developing breast cancer due to factors like a strong family history or one of the gene mutations known to lead to breast cancer, there are specific steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing cancer.

Medications and, if you're seriously concerned, even preventive surgery to remove your breasts or ovaries can lower your overall risk of breast cancer.

Developing a confident and open relationship with your doctor may be the most important factor in reducing your risk of breast cancer. Dr. Coppa is available to talk to you about your symptoms, test results, and other cancer-related concerns.

To schedule, an appointment at his Cranston or Smithfield, Rhode Island, offices, call or request an appointment online today.

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