As a result, many women are undergoing unnecessary, invasive procedures such as a lumpectomy and radiotherapy. While these procedures have been proven to reduce the recurrence, they have not decreased the mortality rate.

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“I would advise African-American women to keep up with the current breast cancer screening guidelines and keep the communication open with their doctor,” says Dr. Oyeyipo.

Breast cancer cannot necessarily be prevented, but you can lower your risk by maintaining a healthy body weight, working out regularly, eating properly, and cutting back on stress. And remember: The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the outcome.

 

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