Oct 03, 2012
Being female is the #1 risk factor. Normal aging of cells causes mutations that can cause cancer. The majority of breast cancers are NOT hereditary.
A positive family history in a first degree relative (mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother )also increases risk. The inherited BRCA1, BRCA2 gene mutation causes 20-25% of all inherited breast cancers, 5-10% of all breast cancers, and increases the risk of developing other cancers. Other risk factors include:personal history of breast cancer, hyperplasia in breast or ovarian cancer,obesity, high breast density,alcohol consumption,vitamin D deficiency,early menses,never having children,having first child after age 35, menopause after 55 and current or recent hormone replacement therapy.
The monthly BSE allows you to become more familiar with your body. If you know what is normal for you, then a BSE will allow you to know what is abnormal for you.
This should be done by your healthcare provider at your annual physical for women 40-years and older. Additionally, women in their 20s and 30s should receive a CBE every three years.
Every woman needs to begin annual screening mammograms at age 40.
As always, a prompt follow-up is needed in the event of an abnormal mammogram. Do not wait and do not diagnose yourself. Tell a family member or friend. Your support group keeps you focused and helps decrease anxiety, as well as denial.
Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet
Monitor Vitamin D Levels
Decrease Alcohol Consumption