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Preventing Breast Cancer

Mississippi is one of ten states with the lowest breast cancer screening rate for older women.

More than one-quarter of Mississippi's women do not receive regular screening that could save their life.

This year alone, 2,050 Mississippi women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Women at Risk

Any woman can get breast cancer, at any age. But some groups are more likely to be affected than others.

  • African-American women are more likely than all other women to die from breast cancer. Their tumors often are found at a later, more advanced stage when treatment is less effective.
  • Older women are at higher risk, especially those over 50.
  • Being overweight increases the risk of breast cancer after menopause.

Helping Yourself

Stay in touch with your health by performing a self-exam each month. A few minutes is all it takes to spot potential problems ahead of time.

A healthy lifestyle can help prevent breast cancer for occurring or re-occurring. A healthy weight and regular physical activity lower your risk of developing breast cancer, and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help with breast cancer prevention. Quitting smoking is an essential step in preventing a wide range of cancers.

Getting Screened

Women should be screened for breast cancer at least every two years. If you cannot afford screening our Breast & Cervical Cancer program may be able to help you.

Know Your Risk Factors

Breast cancer can't always be prevented. But you can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by making lifestyle changes, like losing weight and becoming more active.

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This page has been automatically translated from English. MSDH has not reviewed this translation and is not responsible for any inaccuracies.
Last reviewed on Oct 11, 2016
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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