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Surviving and preventing breast cancer, experts offer advice

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Oct 25 2013 05:16:25 PM CDT
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CHICO, Calif. -

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an event Friday in Chico focused on preventing breast cancer before it happens.

Enloe Medical Center hosted its annual breast cancer luncheon at Canyon Oaks Country Club.  A panel of experts answered questions and discussed the latest advances in detecting and preventing the disease.

The theme was "1 in 8, Why Wait?"  Research shows one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.  It can be a scary topic, but Dr. Lydia Schrader of Enloe Comprehensive Breast Care said for most patients, it is treatable.

Dr. Lydia Schrader said "It's important everybody understand their risks, that there are ways to minimize those risks and understand that breast cancer, the Big C, is a terrible thing to be diagnosed with, but also to know that we are so advanced,” said Schrader.  “We can't save everybody, but 95% of women with Stage One breast cancer will live their lives unfettered by a reoccurrence.”
 
Schrader pointed out that the majority of women, 75%, have a 5-15% risk of developing breast cancer.

To reduce your risk of breast cancer, you can limit your alcohol consumption, maintain and healthy weight and increase physical activity. Also, inform your doctor of the occurrence of breast cancer in your family members.  That could be an indicator of a genetic predisposition for breast cancer.  Also, women over the age of 40 should get annual mammograms.

KRCR News Channel 7 was a proud sponsor of the luncheon.  Daybreak anchor Kelli Saam served as the emcee for the event which was attended by almost 200 people.