6 Expert-Backed Tips to Improve Your Breast Health Today

Knowing what’s normal for your breasts is a great place to start.

Medically reviewed in February 2021

Updated on January 25, 2022

When it comes to maintaining the health of your breasts, there’s a ton of information out there to sift through and act upon. From eating the right diet to making sense of mammogram guidelines, it can get overwhelming.

Thankfully, these leading experts are here to help you cut through the noise and focus on some of the basic must-dos when it comes to breast health. In addition to following the recommendations of your own healthcare provider, read on for clear, easy-to-follow insight you can act on today.

“One thing women can do to improve their breast health is become more aware of their breast anatomy. So if there is any change, nipple retraction, nipple discharge, change in color, skin texture or mass, then immediately seek attention.” —Elke Friedman, MD, oncologist with Virginia Cancer Institute, Richmond, Virginia

“Become informed about their personal risk for breast cancer by discussing their family history with their primary care provider or at the time of their routine screening mammogram.” —Tara Breslin, MD, surgical oncologist with St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Michigan

“Exercise regularly, maintain a normal body weight, eat a diet high in plant proteins, and keep alcohol consumption to less than or equal to one drink per day for women. All of these can lower the risk of breast cancer.” —Joyce Moore, MD, surgeon with Western Surgical Care in Lone Tree, Colorado

“Your breasts change as you go through different stages of your life. Breast self-awareness means knowing what is normal for your breasts and that promotes great breast health. It’s important to encourage women to become aware of the feel and shape of their breasts, so that they are familiar with what is normal for them and report any changes to their physician.” —Amelia Tower, DO, FACOS, surgical oncologist with Texas Breast Specialists, Fort Worth, Texas

“Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise 30 minutes a day, at least four to five days each week. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Limit alcohol to one drink per day. Take your vitamins, especially vitamin D. Get a screening mammogram.” —Reese Davis, MD, surgeon with Lone Peak Surgery Center, Draper, Utah

“Be familiar with what is normal for your breasts and if something changes, let a healthcare provider know.” —Nasim Ahmadiyeh, MD, surgical oncologist with University Health Women's Care Breast Health Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Share these expert tips with your friends and family members and encourage them to follow the breast cancer screening guidelines.

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American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer. Accessed January 25, 2022.

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