Breast Cancer: Avoiding Environmental Factors

New report gives steps to reduce exposure factors associated with breast cancer.
1:02 | 12/07/11

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After reviewing scientific research the institute of medicine listed steps women can take to minimize their exposure to environmental factors. Thought to be associated with breast -- First get X rays only when needed avoid all unnecessary medical radiation if possible refrain from taking a combination. Estrogen progestin menopausal hormone therapy. Limit alcohol. Don't smoke and avoid secondhand smoke maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly. However the report concluded there was insufficient or inconclusive evidence. Linking certain chemicals to an increased risk of breast cancer. So there's no need to avoid certain pesticides. Hair -- cosmetics or dietary supplements. While the IOM said women could benefit from its recommendations. It could not measure just how much they reduce the risk. Of developing breast cancer. With this medical minute I'm doctor Timothy shots.

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