The Risk is Personal
We’ve all learned that early detection is crucial to the successful treatment of breast cancer, the second most common disease found in U.S. women. It’s extremely important for women to know their risk factors for breast cancer and act to avoid them whenever possible. Only 5-10% of breast cancer cases can be blamed on defective genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
A complex interaction of risk factors, diet, and the environment are believed to cause the majority of breast cancers. Know your personal risk factors and work to avoid or lessen any that you can:
- Older age – women older than 55 years are at greater risk
- Personal or family history of breast cancer
- Start of menstruation before 12 years or entering menopause after 55 years
- Having your first child after age 35
- Alcohol use
- Radiation exposure, particularly treatments to the chest area
- Post-menopausal hormone medications
Women should have a breast exam annually and get mammograms as recommended by a healthcare professional. You can find a skilled, compassionate OB/GYN in the northern NJ area by calling: 855.385.HEAL (4325).