Breast Cancer Prevention: Steps to Help Stay Healthy

Find Out What You Can Do for Breast Cancer Prevention.

Breast cancer hit our family like a ton of bricks. Within a six-month span of time, my mom’s older sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and so was my mom. While my mom did fine after having a double mastectomy, my aunt died from complications after surgery. My nurse practitioner assured me that I was probably not at an increased risk since both my mom and my aunt were older than 60 when they were diagnosed. That doesn’t stop her though from reminding me every year that with my family history, I can’t miss a mammogram and that I have to keep breast cancer prevention in the back of my mind. 

I appreciate the reminders because with the time that has lapsed between then and now, it’s gotten easier to think of those annual squeezes as more of an inconvenience than the disease-detecting miracle tools that they really are. They also serve as a yearly check-in with myself about whether I’m living in a way that will keep me as healthy as possible. While we can’t do anything about the most significant risk factors for breast cancer – which are being a woman, getting older and genetics – the good news is that there are steps that we can take as part of our regular lifestyle that will go a long way toward breast cancer prevention. 

Photo of pink ribbon for breast cancer prevention sitting beside small stones
Photo by marijana1 from Pixabay

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Peppermint TV: Breast Cancer Website is Free Resource for All Women

Once you’ve watched this Peppermint TV video about Breast Cancer School for Patients, a FREE breast cancer resource available to all, please check out my two-part blog post on one survivor’s potentially life-saving warning for all women, especially those under the age of 50.

Here are some helpful links to The Breast Cancer School for Patients:

For all women:

Video about the website

For those who are newly diagnosed:

Media about the course:

U.S. News & World Report article


Breast Cancer Awareness Part 2: One Survivor’s Life-Saving Warning to All Women

Breast Cancer Detection Advice and Resources.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and there’s no better way to learn about breast cancer than to hear from someone who’s been there. In Breast Cancer Awareness Part 1: One Survivor’s Life-Saving Warning to All Women, we met survivor Susan Leonard. We heard her story of detection, diagnosis and treatment in her own words, and we learned that she was only 44 years old with no family history and no genetic markers for the disease when she was diagnosed in 2016. Her story is scary but inspiring, and she has an important message for all women – especially those under the age of 50. “You can get breast cancer when you’re young.”

That’s why she wants to make sure that as many women as possible hear that warning, as well as her potentially life-saving breast cancer detection advice. At the end, you’ll find plenty of resources to help you learn more about this potentially deadly disease and the next steps you can take to be your own best advocate. Thank you Susan for being willing to share your story.

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Susan Leonard – October 2016 (Left) and November 2017 (Right)
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Breast Cancer Awareness Part 1: One Survivor’s Life-Saving Warning to All Women

“You Can Get Breast Cancer When You’re Young”.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and survivor Susan Leonard has a message for all women. “You can get breast cancer when you’re young.” Susan, unfortunately, knows this from experience, and while her warning isn’t meant to needlessly scare others under the age of 50, it is meant to help save lives. After reading this inspiring two-part Q&A with her, I can guarantee that you’ll be motivated to get that mammogram you may have been putting off. If you don’t know where to start with that or think you can’t afford diagnostic services, there are plenty of resources to get you on your way. After you hear from Susan, I’ll share some of these to guide you in your next steps. Any time of the year is a good time to learn more about breast cancer, but during this month in particular, it’s time to become aware and to take action. I, for one, appreciate Susan’s courage in sharing her story, and I know you will too.

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Susan Leonard  – October 2016 (Left) and November 2017 (right)
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