In the Pink

Think health.
Think breast cancer awareness.

Healthy Habits

Some healthy habits that also have the added benefit of lowering your risk of breast cancer include:

Maintaining a healthy weight

  • It's a matter of balance— you need to use up as many calories as you take in to maintain your weight
  • Tipping the scales—to lose weight you need to use more calories than you take in
  • To find where you stand, use the BMI calculator on this page.

Getting a daily dose of physical activity

  • Everyone is different, but 30 minutes per day of moderate-intensity activities like brisk walking is a good start for most of us.
  • Being physically active has the added benefit of burning calories, which can help with maintaining a healthy weight.
  • It adds up – You don't have to do it all in one stretch—ten minutes here, 20 minutes there works well, too.

Limiting alcohol

  • A good rule of thumb is one drink or less per day—cutting out alcohol all together saves you calories though, which makes it that much easier to maintain a healthy weight

Be Aware, Not Anxious

The good news is that most changes in the breast are not cancer. In fact, most abnormal results from mammograms are also not cancer.


  • Be aware of changes in your breasts, including your nipples. If you come upon any changes, share this information with your physician or healthcare professional
  • Know your family history of breast cancer and share this with your physician. Do you have any close family members, such as a mother, sister, daughter, or father, who had or has breast cancer? Let your physician know; more frequent mammograms or other testing may be recommended

Poll Question

According to the most recent figures from the National Cancer Institute, about one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

Be Part of the Solution

Raise someone's awareness about breast cancer and how to lower the risk by passing this information on to a friend or a loved one. Encourage them to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to follow their healthcare practitioner's advice on testing for breast cancer.

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Quick Take

six things you need to know about breast cancer.

1) Get Screened.

Mammograms are the best tests doctors currently have to find breast cancer early. Catching breast cancer early is important, so talk to your physician about when you should start being tested and how often.

2) Keep Yourself Healthy.

Regular exercise and a healthy low-fat diet are associated with a lower risk for breast and some other cancers, so stay on course with your exercise routine and good eating habits.

3) Know Your Family History.

Do you have any close family members, such as a mother, sister, daughter, or father, who had or has breast cancer? Let your physician know; more frequent mammograms or other testing may be appropriate.

4) Be Aware.

As you age, your risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases, so be aware of sudden changes you see in your breasts and nipples and let your physician know about them. Also, keeping up with your regularly prescribed mammograms becomes even more important as you age.

5) It's Not All Bad News.

If you have a mammogram that shows abnormal results, do not worry; many women are given additional tests and most are not diagnosed with cancer. In fact, most changes in your breasts or nipples are not cancer; nonetheless, it is important to share information about any changes you see with a healthcare professional.

6) Progress Is Being Made.

According to the most recent data from the National Cancer Institute, death rates for breast cancer continue to decline. The rate of newly diagnosed cancer cases is also decreasing. Both of these facts appear to be good indicators that we are making progress toward a more hopeful future for those affected by the disease.

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.

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