Prevention & Education

Prevention & Education

Educate and Empower Yourself

Lifestyle changes to lower your risk.

1Download our HKF 12 behaviors
Life style choices to lower your risk.

2Learn about ALL the screening options available and what simple things you can do today to lower your risk of breast cancer.

Know your Risks


About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child

Ethnicity / Race:

White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African American, Hispanic, and Asian women. But African American women are more likely to develop more aggressive, more advanced-stage breast cancer that is diagnosed at a young age.


Risk of breast cancer goes up with age.

Family History

Women with close relatives who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. If you’ve had one first-degree relative (sister, mother, daughter) diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk is doubled.

Personal History of Breast Cancer

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re 3 to 4 times more likely to develop a new cancer in the other breast or a different part of the same breast. This is different from the risk of the original cancer coming back (recurrence).

Menstrual History

Women who started menstruating younger than age 12 have a higher risk of breast cancer later in life.

Having Dense Breasts

Research has shown that dense breasts can be 6 times more likely to develop cancer, and can make it harder for mammograms to detect breast cancer.

Lower your Risk


Some research indicates as much as a 15% higher risk of breast cancer for women who have three alcoholic drinks per week.


Women who exercise regularly at a moderate or intense level for 4 to 7 hours per week can lower their risk of breast cancer by 20-30%


Overweight and obese women have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who maintain a healthy weight.


Smoking is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women. Research also has shown that there may be link between very heavy second-hand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women

What are all the screenings available to me?

You Have A Choice:

Many women don’t think they need to be concerned about their breast health until they reach age 40, but for thousands of women every year, that is too late. The Helen Knoll Foundation encourages women to get screened early and to take an active role in managing their health.

  • Effective for women of any age

How to do a self-exam

Feeling the breasts to detect any changes or lumps. May be performed by a Physician or yourself.

  • Mammogram X-ray exam of the breasts
  • Mostly used for women 40 and older
  • The most common screening method
  • Ultrasound Procedure using sound waves to create a picture of the breast tissue.
  • Available for women as young as 18
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Uses magnets to create 3-D images of the breasts.
  • Effective for women at any age

Screenings under development for Women under 40

  • Halo Breast PAP* Diagnostic test to detect abnormal cells in the milk ducts (where most breast cancers begin).
  • Available for women as young as 25
  • Thermomgram* Detects physiological changes in blood tissue and flow using infrared cameras.
  • Available for women as young as 18