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Tips on Ensuring the Best Breast Health

It’s breast cancer awareness month and this month we’ve been focusing on all things “breasts.” Today, let’s discuss tips to ensure the best breast health. Prevention is always the key to avoiding certain health issues. For women, after heart disease, breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death. By knowing the risk factors and understanding what you can do to maintain your breast health, you can fight back against the causes of breast cancer.

Being overweight is a trigger for many diseases, including cancer. Cut down your chances of developing breast cancer by watching your weight. If you are overweight, take steps to bring your weight under control.

Exercise and eat a healthy diet. Eat foods high in antioxidants, consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, and foods with omega 3 acids. Some foods are known to help fight back against the risk of breast cancer.

Foods like tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower lower the risk of cancer as do high fiber foods. Be careful with how much alcohol you consume, because some studies have shown a higher risk in women who drink a lot of alcohol.

If you have diabetes, keep your levels under control and if you smoke, give it up for the sake of keeping your breasts healthy. If you haven’t had children yet, you can cut down your risk of developing breast cancer by breastfeeding your children.

You should also learn your family medical history. Know what your genetic risks are for developing breast cancer and if possible, get tested to see if you have any of the higher risk markers. If you do have a family history, avoid hormone therapy replacement.

A common myth is that breast cancer doesn’t happen to young women. Even in their teen years, women are at risk of developing breast cancer. One of the best ways to have good breast health is to perform monthly breast self-exams or (BSEs). 

By performing this regular self-check, you can tell if there have been any changes in the feel of your breasts. After your monthly cycle every month, do a BSE. When you’re familiar with how your breast feels, you’ll be able to tell when something doesn’t feel right or there’s a lump. If at any time, you notice a discharge from the nipple, contact your doctor right away.

Having a mammogram done regularly helps lessen your risk of developing breast cancer. With the technology available today, mammograms are much better than they used to be. The newer machines are digital and use less pressure. Because of this heightened sensitivity in the machines, they can more easily detect suspicious changes in the breast.

Until next time #GYNEGirls and #Preggos…

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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