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Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for women in New York City (NYC). Take the six steps below to reduce your risk of breast cancer and detect it early:

 

Maintain a healthy weight  

Maintain a healthy weight

Get More Physical Activity  

Get more physical activity

Learn About Hormone Replacement Therapy  

Learn about hormone replacement therapy

Breastfeed  

Breastfeed

Learn how alcohol affects health   Learn about how alcohol affects health
Get screened  

Get screened

 

WorkWell NYC has lots of great, free resources to help you take these steps to reduce your breast cancer risk.

 

Learn more below:


Maintain a healthy weight  Learn More

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Overeating and physical inactivity can lead to weight gain and increase risk of health problems, including cancer. Eating healthy foods and avoiding sugary drinks can help you maintain a healthy weight.

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  • Regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes of physical activity, five days a week) every week can also help with maintaining a healthy weight.

    • Try free Shape Up NYC drop-in fitness classes at community centers throughout the city. You can also find local free and low-cost fitness resources at BeFitNYC.org.

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Get More Physical Activity

Get more physical activity, no matter what your weight is.

 

Physical activity offers many health benefits, including helping lower your breast cancer risk. The more physical activity you get, the lower your risk.


Learn about hormone replacement therapy

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Learn About Hormone Replacement Therapy

For women in menopause, taking combination estrogen-progesterone hormone replacement therapy (EPHRT) may increase the risk of breast cancer. Talk to your health care provider* if you are currently on EPHRT.


*If you do not have a health care provider, call the number on the back of your health insurance card or visit your health plan website to find one in your network.


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Woman BreastfeedingAre you a new parent? Breastfeeding your baby may protect you against some types of breast cancer. Even if you can’t breastfeed exclusively, breastfeeding still has benefits. You have the right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere.

  • New York State law requires employers to provide a private, non-bathroom location and reasonable time for employees to express or pump breast milk for their babies. Speak to your human resources representative to learn more.

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Drinking alcohol can increase your breast cancer risk. To learn more, visit niaaa.nih.gov and search for women.

If you would like to learn more about risky drinking or think you or someone you care about needs assistance with risky drinking, help is available from the City and from the NYC Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


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A mammogram can help find breast cancer early when it is most treatable. If you are 40 years or older, talk to your health care provider* about when to get a mammogram. If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk to your health care provider before age 40.Get Screened

  • Use your excused absence: City employees are eligible for four hours of excused leave for breast cancer screening annually. This allows employees to take a voluntary paid leave of absence for necessary cancer screenings, including breast cancer.


    • This provision does not mean that breast cancer screenings are mandatory or essential for everyone or that screenings for other cancers are less important.

*If you do not have a health care provider, call the number on the back of your health insurance card or visit your health plan website to find one in your network.