What Are Your Risks For Breast Cancer?
The fear of developing breast
cancer hangs over women all over the world. And statistics can
be scary because breast cancer among American women is the
second leading cause of death from cancer -- coming just behind
Although finding out that you have
breast cancer in the past would have been like receiving a
death sentence, today things have changed. That's because of
the outstanding advances in the medical treatment of breast
cancer that have been developed recently. There are many more
alternative treatments available now than were available 20
Happily, more and more women have
joined the category of breast cancer survivors.
There are many risk factors for developing breast
cancer. Some of these factors can be changed, but some
cannot be changed. The mere fact that you're a woman
makes you more susceptible to this disease than if you were a
man. Aging is another factor that you can't change.
You can't change what family you were born into either and your
inherent genetic traits. If your mother died of breast
cancer, your risks of developing the disease are greater.
If another close family member developed breast cancer, that's
another risk factor for you. In fact, your risks of
developing breast cancer double if you have a close family
member with breast cancer. Another risk factor that you
can't change is when you started having your menstrual
periods. For example, if you started menstruating before
you were 12 years old or if menopause came later for you --
after 50 years old -- that's another risk.
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What Are Your Risks for Breast
The fear of developing breast cancer hangs
over women all over the world. And statistics
can be scary because breast cancer among
American women is the second leading cause of
death from cancer -- coming just behind . .
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Now there's a genetic test that can be performed to check if
you carry the mutated gene that can increase your breast cancer
If you're taking estrogens with progesterone for menopausal
symptoms, your risk of developing breast cancer will be
slightly increased. Your risks will also be increased if
you take birth control pills. If you drink alcohol, your
risks increase. If you are overweight, your risks are
increased as well. If you don't exercise, your risks are
increased too. If you never breast-feed, this also
increases your risk of developing breast cancer.
No one knows for sure who will developed breast cancer
because even men can suffer with it.
Since there are risks you can do nothing about and other
risks that you can do something about, it would be wise to do
all you can to decrease the risks that you can do something
about. So be sure to take care of your health, exercise
and lose excess weight.
If you are at risk in a special way because of your family
history, be sure to have regular breast screenings and examine
your breasts every month as well. Those are two important
actions you can take to protect yourself from breast