Lower Your Risk

There are actions you can take to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, such as:

  • Eat a healthy diet, including five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Limit your alcohol intake to one drink per day and don’t smoke.
  • Being physically active - as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can begin to reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Be sure to get a mammogram. A mammogram, an X-ray image of the breast, is a safe and effective way to detect cancerous tumors. The procedure is non-invasive, takes only a few minutes, and saves lives. Beginning at age 40, women should get a mammogram every one or two years. No matter your age, if any of the following factors apply to you, discuss with your doctor whether a mammogram is appropriate: 

  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Menstrual periods occurring before age 12 or after age 55
  • You have never given birth or had your first child after age 30
  • Dense breast tissue
  • Radiation therapy to the chest before age 30

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Can I get life insurance for my family members?

Only you are eligible for life insurance under the Plan. However, you can name anyone to be the beneficiary of your Life Insurance Plan. That person(s) name must be on file with the Plan to be valid. For more information, visit the Life and Accident Insurance section.

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