One in eight. 12 percent. That’s the chance of a woman having breast cancer at some point in her life, making breast cancer the second most common cancer among women in the U.S.
2. It’s Up To You To Know Your Risk
It’s extremely important for younger women to know their family history. If you have a first-degree relative, like a mother or sister, who is diagnosed at a young age then your risk is greater.
3. Race Does Matter
While white women have a higher chance of developing breast cancer, black women are
more likely to die from it and to have secondary cancer. Black women are also three times more likely to develop an aggressive, more deadly type of cancer therefore increasing their risk.
4. Diet & Exercise Are Important
According to the ACS, approximately one-third of all cancer deaths can be attributed to poor diet and inactivity. Lucky for you, even mild exercise before or after menopause can reduce your risk. Be sure to keep your diet in check seeing as weight gain can counter your physical activity.
5. Be Skeptical Of New Science
Despite media buzz, the mammogram remains the most important screening device in the detection of breast cancer and saves thousands of lives every year. It’s crucial to know your ody well.
6. Find A Top Doctor
If you are seeing signs of breast cancer, finding the right doctor with training and experience is key. Looking at nearby teaching hospitals and cancer centers, as they will usually have the most cutting-edge equipment and be on top of the most recent research, is recommended to find the proper physician for you.
7. Take Your Time
Many inexperienced doctors will try to rush you into acting after your diagnosis, but it’s about
finding the right treatment, not the fastest treatment. Once you’re aware, take action and make a plan.
8. Be Picky About Birth Control
Certain types of hormonal birth control can increase your risk for breast cancer. The risk may extend to birth control pills too. Discuss your options with your doctor if you’re worried.
9. Men Are At Risk Too
Men can also develop breast cancer. About 1 out of 5 men with breast cancer have close male or female relatives with the disease.
10. Become More Tech Savvy
Although it is still highly suggested to talk to your doctor, there is an app that can help you track your risk of breast cancer. Keep track of all the latest research, your family history, and lifestyle factors like alcohol use, smoking, weight gain, and exercise by downloading the Breast Cancer Risk Calculator.