I at risk for breast cancer?
following are risk factors for breast cancer:
history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer (particulary
a mother or sister with breast cancer)
history of breast cancer
- risk for breast cancer increases with age
onset of first menstural cycle (before age 12)
after age 55
who have not had children or women who have had their
first child after age 30
replacement therapy for postmenopausal women has been
associated with an increased risk for breast cancer
contraceptive use and alcohol may also increase your risk
for breast cancer
possible risk factors - The following risk factors have not
been proven, but have also been suggested to be possible causes
of breast cancer.
about the breast cancer gene?
have identified two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that appear to
be linked to breast cancer. Women with this gene have a significantly
higher chance of developing breast cancer. DNA testing is
available to test for both genes.
can I do to prevent breast cancer?
a breast self exam once a month around 5-7 days after
the start of your menstrual cycle.
between the ages of 20 and 39 should have a breast exam
by their health care provider at least every three years.
American Medical Association and American Cancer Society
recommend women age 40 or above have an annual mammogram.
under age 40 do not need to have a routine mammogram unless
recommended by their physician.
any symptoms of breast cancer promptly as early detection
is the best way to prevent breast cancer. If you are at risk
for breast cancer consult your doctor for more information.
American Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Overview
Cancer Institute - Breast Cancer Home Page
Medical Association - Policies on Breast Cancer