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Breast Cancer Realities

Breast Cancer is a real fear for many women. 1 in 8 (around 12%) of women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. 

Though this statistic may be shocking and rather frightening, you CAN take steps to reduce your risk of breast cancer and avoid risk factors that are known to cause cancer or increase the chance of cancer development. 


†The information and supporting material on this website are for informational purposes only. The objective of this website is to offer broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health, wellness, and cosmetic topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Who Is At Risk?

The longer a woman's body is exposed to estrogen throughout a lifetime, the higher the risk of developing breast cancer. Those who:

-Begin menstration at age 11 or younger
-Have no children or have a child after 35
-Start menopause later that average
-Use post-menopausal hormones

are at more of a risk of breast cancer due to the extended presence of estrogen in the body.
Those with dense breasts are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer. Dense breasts can be caused by:

-Late pregnancy
-Use of post-menopausal hormones
-Excessive alcohol use
Women or men who have a personal history of cancer or a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk.
Those who are overweight or obese are at a great risk for breast cancer.
As age increases, so does the risk of developing breast cancer.
White women are more likely to develop breast cancer than women of any other race.
†The information and supporting material on this website are for informational purposes only. The objective of this website is to offer broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health, wellness, and cosmetic topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Risk Reduction Strategies

Limiting the time estrogen is present at high levels in the body can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Estrogen levels are lowered by:

-Bearing children (before the age of 35)
-Breast feeding
-Limit use of post-menopausal hormones
Getting regular exercise can reduce the risk of many health conditions and cancers. It is recommended to get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.
Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy body weight are more ways to limit many diseases, conditions, and cancers. A healthy lifestyle can go a long way.
Limiting the use of alcohol and avoiding smoking can reduce your risk for developing breast cancer and cancer of any kind. These substances alter the balance of the body and can cause radicals to occur that lead to cancer and other medial conditions.
Getting screened yearly by a physician and beginning mammogram screenings when they see fit is a great way to stay alert to what is happening in your body.

Also, performing monthly self-exams of the breasts and letting a doctor know if you find any abnormal lumps or skin conditions is extremely helpful to catching and fighting breast cancer early.

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