How can I prevent re-occurrence of breast cancer?

Unfortunately there are no guaranteed ways to prevent recurrence of breast cancer. However, surgery with clear margins, followed by radiation therapy in certain cases, will reduce the risk of recurrence. Chemotherapy and anti-estrogen therapy (pills such as tamoxifen and arimidex) are also used in some patients for initial treatment and can reduce the risk of recurrence.

Lifestyle factors are also important. Maintaining a healthy body weight, adhering to a low-fat diet, minimizing alcohol intake, and getting regular exercise have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Continued surveillance is important so regular examinations by your physician as well as imaging such as mammograms, ultrasound and MRI are also necessary.


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