Breast cancer in women is nothing new. ALL women are at risk of getting it. It usually occurs in women between the age of 40-50, but did you know some women are more likely to get breast cancer than others? Of course, some women have risk factors and stay breast cancer-free, and some do not. It is not the same for every woman. Here are possible risk factors every woman should be aware of, for them to know how likely they are to get breast cancer.
• Genetic Mutations: As we all know, we cannot blame our genes. It is something that we have that differentiates us from everyone else. Having BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are inherited genes that have undergone mutations lead to the woman having a higher risk of having breast cancer.
• Family history of breast cancer: A woman is prone to breast cancer if her close relative, say, her mother, brother or sister have had a run-in with breast cancer.
• Reproductive History: Did you start your period at a very early age? If so, you may be at risk. Studies have shown that early periods before the age of 12 and women starting menopause after 55 are yet again prone to having breast cancer.
• Radiation treatment used in previous treatment: Women who had breast cancer in the past are most likely to get it again. Also, non-cancerous breast diseases such as atypical hyperplasia are associated with getting breast cancer in the future.
• Having dense breasts: Contrary to what comes into your mind as you see “dense breasts”, it is not actually so. You cannot tell if you have dense breasts until you take a mammogram. You might want to get that checked right away.
• Getting old: Every woman is bound to get old. Unfortunately, one cannot prevent this. As you grow older though, make sure to have periodic mammogram checks to ensure you are breast cancer-free.
You might not be able to change the risk factors above, but there are some risk factors you can change. Exercise more, watch what you eat, lessen the alcohol intake (or you know, don’t take it at all) and don’t smoke! Save a boob! Save your boob!
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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