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Breast Cancer Prevention and Awareness

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- You can expect to see a lot of pink this month, it is the color of fighting breast cancer. A giant ribbon is now up at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, reminding all of us about the importance of early breast cancer detection. Medical reporter Liz Bonis has more on some of what doctors at the UC Cancer Institute recommend for lowering your risk, in today's medical edge.

October as you know is breast cancer awareness month and that has many of us looking at the latest research, but also prevention and treatment, so we stopped out at the UC Cancer Institute at the Barrett Center to share a little bit of information about what you need to know as we heighten awareness of prevention. Dr. Jaime Lewis says "prevention wise, maintaining a normal body  weight, or as close to one absolutely possible exercise, minimizing alcohol intake --those are all things we know can influence your risk for breast cancer."

Those are all things we can at least try and do something about, Dr Lewis says some studies now show  more than even one alcoholic drink a day for women can raise breast cancer risk.

Exercise is especially good for keeping waist weight down. Waist weight also may raise risk. Then she says there are some things you may not be able to help, but might put the odds in your favor, "certainly it's not possible for any or all women, but if women can have children at a younger age, that definitely decreases your risk for breast cancer, and then just be aware."

Awareness, she says won't prevent breast cancer, but often through early detection cancers are found at stage zero. That ups the odds of preventing the disease from spreading, if it's treated early.

One other note, is that if you do not have health insurance yet, and I know we are working on that and you do need more information about low cost screening, we do have a link for you.




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