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Calculating Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Last updated 2 years ago

Breast cancer affects one in every eight American women. It’s important to undergo regular checks and to visit your breast cancer care provider to ensure you stay healthy. At the offices of Dr. Marla W. Dudak, MD in Boca Raton, we provide support, care, and treatment for anyone in need of breast cancer care.

  • Age and Gender: A person’s age and gender influences the risk of breast cancer. Women are 100 times more likely to develop breast cancer than men. The older a woman is, the higher her risk. However, it’s important to remember that women of any age can develop breast cancer. Although you can’t change these factors, being aware of them should affect the regularity of performing at-home checks, scheduling exams, and getting regular mammograms.
  • Weight: Before menopause, an overweight individual is considerably less likely to develop breast cancer. After menopause, an overweight person is much more likely to get the disease. Since risk of breast cancer is higher for older women, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen is highly recommended for breast cancer care and prevention.
  • Personal and Family History: Personal or family history of breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer leads to increased risk. A higher number of past treatments and biopsies for benign breast conditions, as well as inherited genetic mutations also raise risk. If you have any health concerns, visit a breast cancer care office regularly.
  • Other Factors: High breast density and high levels of estrogen increase the risk of breast cancer. Menopausal hormone treatments can also raise the risk, especially with the use of progestin. Not having children or having children after the age of 35 both moderately increase the risk of breast cancer as well. Stay aware of your risks and check yourself regularly.

If you have a heightened risk of breast cancer, be sure to stay up on proper prevention and care. Catching irregularities early, undergoing regular mammograms, and getting immediate biopsies on any areas of concern are vital to breast cancer care, prevention, and survival. Call the Boca Raton office of Marla Dudak, MD today at (888) 418-6758 to schedule an appointment.

 

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