How Family History Influences Your Risk
Understanding your family health history is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. We want you to use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to start an important dialogue with mom. Our Health History Form can help guide this conversation.
What about dad? Ask the same questions of both parents for a comprehensive picture of your family’s health history.
Spread the Word with #GoAskYourMother
Join the conversation! Snap a picture with mom and Post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using #GoAskYourMother:
- Twitter + Instagram: Join @BeBrightPink & #GoAskYourMother about your family health history. Learn how: www.GoAskYourMother.org
- Facebook: Join @Bright Pink and #GoAskYourMother about your family health history. Learn how: www.GoAskYourMother.org
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Assess Your Risk for Breast & Ovarian Cancer
Take 5 minutes and complete our Assess Your Risk tool with mom. We created this tool to help you assess your risk for breast and ovarian cancer. By looking at your health and family history alongside some of your lifestyle choices, you’ll not only learn more about your risk, but also about actions you can take to reduce it.
Healthy Ways to Celebrate
LET’S GET PHYSICAL: Start your day off with a mother-daughter walk or jog. Or, why not sign up for a yoga class with the whole family? Women who get regular exercise may have a lower risk of breast cancer. Breaking a sweat and getting your heart rate up for 30 minutes on most days can help reduce your risk by as much as 10-20%.
TAKE IT TO THE KITCHEN: Looking for a delicious way to celebrate? Try preparing a special meal with (or for!) mom. What you eat affects your health. Make it a goal to follow a diet that’s low in fat and includes a mix of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and lean proteins. Research shows a 12% increase in cancer risk for every 50g of red meat consumed each day.
CUT BACK ON THE COCKTAILS: Try celebrating with just one cocktail. There’s a known link between alcohol and breast cancer. Every drink you throw back affects your health. Limit your drinking to no more than one drink per day, and you’ll be doing yourself a favor.
SOAK UP THE SUN: Vitamin D plays a role in regulating breast cell growth. Studies have shown a 2.5x increase in the risk of breast cancer associated with Vitamin D deficiency, and a possible increase in ovarian cancer risk. So take it outside this Mother’s Day!