Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall Meeting - Northwestern Experts Answer Your Questions
Virginia Kaklamani, MD, is Co-Director of Northwestern's Genetics Program, an Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and an oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
There are no guarantees when it comes to preventing breast cancer, but the research is clear on steps you can take to significantly reduce your risk.
Increased weight increases the risk of cancer, and physical activity, regardless of weight, decreases breast cancer risk. Even moderate activity, like brisk walking, for 30 minutes a day can make a difference. If you work of to 60 minutes of moderate exercise, or 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, it’s even better.
Healthy lifestyle changes may not be enough, though, for women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Genetic counseling and testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes is critical, and can save lives. If you are one of these women, be proactive about your health. Testing should start before a breast cancer diagnosis, when you still have options for prevention.
Talk to your doctor about a family history of cancer, of any type, and ask whether tests are available to assess your risk.
If you want to learn more about the role your family history plays, the free Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Town Hall Meeting, coming up this Sunday, September 30th, is a good place to bring your questions. I will be part of the panel discussion about breast cancer treatment options, nutrition and physical activity, genetics and looking toward the future as a breast cancer survivor.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
- Exhibits and registration open at 12 noon
- Program: 1pm - 4pm
Arthur Rubloff Building, 375 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago