| Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Could Playing With Your Grandkids Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

children-bowling-with-grandparentsIt’s hard to imagine anything better for your health than being physically active. The list of positive paybacks seems to hit every major body system, from your heart to your bones to your brain. Even your breasts can benefit.

The American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity activity per week to help prevent breast cancer. That’s only 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. And you can spread the 30 minutes throughout the day—into three 10-minute walks, for example.

What is moderate intensity activity? Technically, it’s when your body is using a certain number of calories per minute. Practically, it’s when your heart rate and breathing allow you to talk but not to sing.

Walking at a 15-minute mile pace is a classic example of moderate physical activity. Your personal pace may be a little slower or faster. You can use the singing test to find what works for you.

Other examples of activities that can meet the moderate-intensity mark include:

  • Actively playing with children
  • Dancing
  • Gardening (raking, digging, hoeing, planting, weeding)
  • Pushing a lawn mower
  • Shoveling light snow
  • Yoga
  • Bicycling
  • Water aerobics
  • Playing doubles tennis
  • Golf, wheeling or carrying clubs

Being physically active is just one thing you can do to help prevent breast cancer. The American Cancer Society also recommends that you:

  • Eat mostly plant-based foods
  • Avoid alcohol, or limit it to one or fewer drinks per day
  • Keep a healthy weight

And though breast cancer screening can’t prevent breast cancer, it can help find problems early. Most screenings are covered by Medicare Part B or your Medicare Advantage plan. Talk to your doctor about which breast cancer screening tests are right for you and when you should have them.


Many factors can influence breast cancer risk. Some can’t be changed, such as a family or personal history of breast cancer or certain gene changes. But there are things you can do, like be physically active—maybe with a little help from your grandchildren. Ring Around the Rosy, anyone?

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Medicare Part B Coverage Medicare Part B helps pay for some preventive care, including mammograms.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.



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