Dad's role in breast cancer
Breast cancer takes a staggering toll on women in the United States, with 1 in 8 being diagnosed in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But the best advocate a woman can have in the prevention of breast cancer is her partner. You can encourage and remind her of all the things she can do that might reduce her risk and help increase the odds that if cancer does occur, it is found at an early, more treatable stage.

Here are a few ways you can best play a role in your partner's prevention of breast cancer:

  • Encourage her to have an annual mammogram. This is especially important for women over 40. The mammogram is the most important screening test your health-care provider can offer in the way of early detection.

  • In addition to her mammogram, be sure she gets a clinical breast examination each year.

  • Sign her up for a mammogram reminder. It's easy to do: go to and fill out a simple form. Choose a date, and the woman you love will get a reminder when it's time to get a mammogram.

  • Stress the importance of monthly breast self-exams. This will help your partner become more familiar with her breasts so she can detect any changes earlier.

  • Help your partner eliminate the biggest risk factors: limit alcohol use, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body weight.

For Your Information: What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a low-dose X-Ray procedure that allows your partner's health-care provider to see the internal structure of her breast. It is highly accurate, but not perfect. On average, a mammogram will detect about 80-90 percent of breast cancers in women without symptoms, according to the American Cancer Society.