Breast Health

3D mammography

To schedule a 3D mammogram at Winneshiek Medical Center, call the WMC Radiology Department at 563-387-3022.

Lifestyle Changes

Breast cancer is a disease that can affect all women. Choosing to make a difference in how to live your life will help you promote good health. Even though the prevention of breast cancer is not clear, there are things you can do to lower your risk.

Choose to Exercise

Although our lives so busy with family and careers, it is vital to exercise at least 20-30 minutes a day. This small time commitment may lower your risk of breast cancer by 30%. Talk to your health care provider for an exercise program that is right for you.

Choose to Eat Healthy

Making the choice to eat healthy has many benefits that go beyond reducing the risk of breast cancer.

  • Lower your fat intake to 20% of the calories you eat per day (about 35-40 grams). Cut down on fried foods and high-fat dairy products.
  • Leading cancer organizations suggest eating five to nine servings of fruit and vegetable each day. Eat foods containing vitamins A and C (dark green and orange vegetables and dark colored fruits). Broccoli, cabbage and kale are believed to help prevent some cancers from forming.
  • Alcohol has been linked to breast and certain other cancers. Either avoid alcohol altogether or limit yourself to 3-5 drinks a week.

Choose to be Educated on Important Health Issues

The following guidelines from the American Cancer Society were developed for the average American woman regarding breast health.

  • Breast Self-Exam (BSE) – You should know how your breasts normally feel. Beginning in their 20’s, women should learn the benefits of BSE and should be instructed on the proper technique of BSE at the time of their routine health examination. They also should know the limitation of BSE and report and breast change promptly to their healthcare provider.
  • Clinical Breast Exam – Should be part of a woman’s periodic health examination, about every three years for women in their 20’s and 30’s and annually for women age 40 and older.
  • Mammography – Annually beginning at age 40. Mammograms may be recommended at an earlier age if there is a strong family history of breast cancer or other risk factors.