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Breast Cancer Risks

Understanding Your Breast Cancer Risks

Did you know breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society — second only to skin cancer? The American Cancer Society also points out that millions of women have survived the disease because of early detection and treatment advancements.

 At The Breast Center at Carondelet St. Mary’s, we believe that the best breast health begins with awareness. Now is the perfect time to create more awareness around breast cancer and breast health! With a little awareness of breast cancer symptoms and risk factors, early detection is possible.

Know Your Risk Factors

Some risk factors such as your age, gender and family history — according to the American Cancer Society, around 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary —can’t be changed. But there are certain adjustments you can make to your diet and physical activity that can help reduce your risk. So while breast cancer isn’t entirely preventable, the following lifestyle changes may lower your risk:

  • Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables

Genetic Testing

Understanding Your Genetic Risks

Are you concerned about your risk of developing breast cancer? Perhaps your mother or your grandmother had breast cancer and you’re worried about your chances of inheriting the disease? At The Breast Center at Carondelet St. Mary’s , we understand your concerns and can work with you and your doctor to determine if genetic testing for breast cancer is right for you.

Heredity Breast Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, around 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary, caused by defects in the genes passed on from a parent. The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Inheriting either gene from a parent means that you have a higher risk of developing breast cancer during your lifetime.

What else can you do today to take care of your breasts? At Carondelet, we think awareness begins with regular self-exams of your breasts to help you know what’s normal for you. If you find something that’s not normal for you, such as a lump or swelling on or around your breast, you can rest assured that the doctors and specialists at The Breast Center have the skills and technology to screen, diagnose and care for your breasts.