Breast and Reproductive Health | Kent State University

Breast and Reproductive Health

Breast Health 

  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime; breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Your risks are greater at you grow older.
  • To reduce your risk of breast cancer do things for your body overall, like keeping a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting enough sleep, and not drinking alcohol or limiting your drinking to no more than one drink a day. Also try to avoid exposure ot chemicals that can cause cancer (carcinogens), and reduce your exposure to too much radiation if possible (X-rays, PET scans, mammograms, etc.) If you are taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or birth control pills, talk to your doctor about possible risks. Then you can make better -informed decisions. If you have a baby, breastfeeding may also reduce your risk of breast cancer. (Source: www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic-info/prevention.htm)
  • By learning about breast cancer facts, taking advantage of screening opportunities and being aware of women’s health resources, women can effectively incorporate breast cancer prevention strategies into their lives.
  • The Women's Center provides convenient bi-annual mammograms on-campus. 

Reproductive Health 

Includes the following:

  • abortion, family planning and population policy
  • maternal mortality and morbidity
  • motherhood and fatherhood, pregnancy and delivery, and living without children
  • sexual health, HIV/AIDS, safer sex, condoms and male circumcision
  • reproductive tract infections, sexually transmitted infections and infertility
  • reproductive cancers
  • health policies, SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) services
  • advocacy, access and equity, distributive justice
  • health systems, human resources and privatization
  • body image, sexuality and cosmetic surgery

Check out the student group KSURGE to find other ways to engage in issues of reproductive justice.