IU Health Arnett talks prevention, early detection during Breast Cancer Awareness Month series

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – All month long, News 18 This Morning has sat down with a different IU Health Arnett physician to talk about a different aspect of breast cancer.

Our most recent discussion featured Dr. Bamidele Adesunloye and the topic of early detection and prevention.

As Dr. Adesunloye said, while there are things we can not change like our family history and race, there are some factors that we can do to help prevent breast cancer, including weight and activity level.

“Sedentary lifestyles are shown to increase the risk of breast cancer,” said Dr. Adesunloye.

The other key is early detection.

“They [The American Cancer Society] recommend that women from age 45 to 54 should have a mammogram at least once a year,” said Adesunloye. “For women 55 and above, you can change that frequency to about every two years.”

Anyone younger than 44 is also welcome to have a mammogram if they feel it is necessary, especially if there is a family history.