As the month of October comes to a close we must continue the conversations and education on breast cancer. While the causes of breast cancer are not fully known; medical researchers have identified a number of risk factors that increases chances of getting breast cancer. Both men and women are affected by this disease. However, being a woman is the number one risk factor for breast cancer. For this reason, it is important to have routine mammograms, regular clinical breast exams, and perform self-exams monthly in order to detect problems early.
Factors that may increase risk of breast cancer
High bone density
Having more than one drink of alcohol per day
Current or recent use of birth control
Starting menopause after age 55
Inherited mutation in the breast cancer genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2)
Exposure to large amounts of radiation
These are just a few risk factors that will help to prepare you for having the conversation with your healthcare provider. Because the causes and cure of breast cancer are not fully known yet, many people have misconceptions about the disease. First detection is typically by self-exam, so don't forget to 'Touch the Tatas.'