Take Control! – Reducing Risk of Recurrence

Ok, we all worry about it – will the cancer return? At first every little ache or pain may set your mind off on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows as you try to convince yourself that nothing is wrong. This “fear of recurrence” will get better with time, but one of the best ways we’ve found to slay that dragon is to check in with a doctor about the concern if it persists.

In addition to managing this fear factor, you can take steps to improve your overall health and strengthen your immune system. Taking control of your health after breast cancer can be empowering and contribute greatly to your peace of mind. Johns Hopkins offers these ten recommendations for reducing your risk of breast cancer recurrence. You can read more about each at www.hopkinsmedicine.org.

  • Take care of yourself emotionally
  • Take care of yourself physically
  • Eat healthy
  • Reduce stress
  • Limit alcohol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Continue with regular health screenings
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Have your vitamin D levels checked
  • Take endocrine therapies as prescribed