Expert Reveals the 4 Most Important Ways to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

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The Doctors continue to bring you possibly life-saving information during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and breast cancer specialist Dr. Kristi Funk reveals the 4 most important ways to lower your risk.

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lifetime and Dr. Funk shares tips that may help you detect the disease and possibly prevent it.

- Dr. Funk explains 50 percent of women have dense breast tissue (breast tissue is divided into 4 density categories) and those in the highest 2 density categories should be getting a 3-D mammogram, which is better at detecting issues

- Women with implants and women who are at a higher risk for breast cancer (those with a family history, past biopsies, or those with a gene mutation) need to have a whole breast screening ultrasound

- Women who are at the highest risk, should undergo a breast MRI

 Dr. Funk also stresses that a person's lifestyle also plays a major role in breast cancer risk and she lays out the 4 most important ways to reduce risk, which include:

- Eating a whole food plant-based diet, limiting processed foods, meat, dairy, and simple sugars

- Minimize alcohol intake

- Exercise regularly

- Lose weight

Get more tips and resources on breast cancer at Let's Beat Breast Cancer. Plus, find out the foods Dr. Funk says to eat to lower the hormone estrogen, which has been shown to fuel breast cancer risk.

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