• Avoid or limit hormone replacement therapy – hormone replacement therapy had long been used for night sweats, hot flashes, and other troublesome symptoms of menopause. But in 2002, researchers found that postmenopausal women who took a combination of estrogen and progestin were more likely to develop breast cancer. Breast cancer risk appears to return to normal within 5 years after stopping the combination of hormones.
Talk with your doctor about all the options to control your menopause symptoms, and the risks and benefits of each. If you do decide to try HRT, it is best to use it at the lowest dose that works for you and for as short a time as possible.
• Mammograms – get recommended mammograms to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and over get one every year, along with a breast exam by a doctor or nurse. Let your doctor know about any breast changes you find yourself.
Never forget a breast cancer screening test again. Sign up online for automated reminders through the American Cancer Society’s “Breast Cancer Screening Reminder” at http://acs.p.delivery.net/m/p/acs/rem/breast-cancer-screening-mammogram-reminder.asp.