Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1 out of 8 women is expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on personal risk, promote education and raise awareness.

A difficulty that arises with diagnosing breast cancer is the lack of early symptoms. The telltale signs are breast lumps or an abnormal mammogram. Fortunately, early detected breast cancer is very treatable, and the survival rate is high. Once the cancer spreads, however, treatment becomes much more difficult.

Some of the risk factors for breast cancer include:

1. Being female (although male breast cancer is possible, it makes up less than 1% of all cases)

2. Increased age (women over 50 are more likely)

3. Family history (A woman with an immediate family member (mother, sister, daughter) who was diagnosed with breast cancer is 2-3 times more likely to develop the disease.)

4. A mutation in BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene

5. Previous diagnosis of endometrial/ovarian/colon cancer

6. Obesity

7. High fat diet

8. Sedentary lifestyle

Today in the US, there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors. With constantly improving treatments and screening tests, breast cancer is becoming more and more conquerable. The key is to get educated and to undergo the necessary screening tests. Call your primary care provider for information on screenings.

Stay tuned for more breast cancer information from MountainStar Medical Group by checking out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/mountainstarmedicalgroup.

 

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