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Breast Cancer Prevention


With breast cancer being one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women and with increasing rates of breast cancer diagnoses worldwide, all women should consider themselves at some risk for developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Of those diagnosed with breast cancer, only about 5-10% carry a gene associated with an increased breast cancer risk. And less than one third have a family history of breast cancer. So it is important to realize that many factors are involved in developing breast cancer. Some of these risk factors cannot be modified (things you can not change) while other risk factors can be modified (things you can change).

Non-modifiable risk factors/THINGS YOU CANNOT CHANGE:

  • Age
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Family history
  • Genetic mutation
  • Early menarche (first period)
  • Late menopause (last period)
  • Benign breast disease (especially proliferative changes, atypia, and lobular carcinoma in-situ)
  • High mammographic breast density
  • Exposure to ionizing radiation for cancer treatment and other environmental exposures

Modifiable risk factors/THINGS YOU CAN CHANGE:

  • Weight and body mass index (BMI)
  • Physical activity
  • Alcohol use
  • Tobacco use (smoking cigarettes)
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) use
  • Night shift work
  • Environmental exposures to toxins

For further more details, Contact Dr.S.Ayyappanhas a best experience in Breast cancer prevention treatment at Kumaran hospital in Kilpauk, Chennai.