Jul 31

Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Can Change!

mammographyTwo days ago, our blog focused on the risk factors for breast cancer that are beyond our control: family history, age, and others. There are other risk factors that we can limit. Which of these factors do you think increases a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer?

  1. Not being physically active.
  2. Being overweight or obese after menopause.
  3. Taking hormones. (some forms of hormone replacement therapy or HRT).
  4. Reproductive pattern (first pregnancy after age 30, not breastfeeding).
  5. Higher alcohol consumption.
  6. Getting mammograms as recommended.

Number six certainly does NOT increase risk, but all the others do. The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual mammograms and those aged 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older may switch to mammograms every two years and screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.

All women should be familiar with the risk factors they may have. The best source of information about this subject is your doctor. If our office can answer any questions you have about general surgery, especially minimally invasive breast surgery, please contact us at Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at 386-210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm Coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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