Lower Your Risk

There are actions you can take to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, such as:

  • Eat a healthy diet, including five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Limit your alcohol intake to one drink per day and don’t smoke.
  • Being physically active - as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can begin to reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Be sure to get a mammogram. A mammogram, an X-ray image of the breast, is a safe and effective way to detect cancerous tumors. The procedure is non-invasive, takes only a few minutes, and saves lives. Beginning at age 40, women should get a mammogram every one or two years. No matter your age, if any of the following factors apply to you, discuss with your doctor whether a mammogram is appropriate: 

  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Menstrual periods occurring before age 12 or after age 55
  • You have never given birth or had your first child after age 30
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Radiation therapy to the chest before age 30

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What if I cannot get a birth certificate or other necessary documentation?

For various legitimate reasons, some members may have difficulty providing necessary documentation. In this case, it is important that you apply for coverage within the time periods outlined for each plan. Only then will the merits of your unique situation be considered. Contact the Health and Welfare office for more information.

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