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Question from Shelagh: I have had breast cancer and there is history of prostate and breast cancer on my husband's side of the family. As a mother of two adult daughters I have been unable to get any concrete advice on how my girls can reduce their risk of breast cancer other than starting mammograms earlier. What else should they do? Thank you for your response.
Answers - Lynn Hartmann Depending on your age at diagnosis and the ages of your husband's relatives with breast cancer, it might be wise to have a visit with a genetic counselor about the possibility of a hereditary process in your family or in your husband's family and whether or not testing would be beneficial. In general, early mammography would be recommended for your daughters as a starting point.
Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. In addition, I think it's very important for young women who are in a high-risk category to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and strength training, for several reasons. One is the benefit of decreased risk from the exercise as well as the overall bone density enhancement with strength training, as most women in high-risk families do not choose to take estrogen replacement after menopause. Therefore starting strength training early can help prevent bone loss.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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