Breast Cancer Prevention: 5 Important Risk Factors

Posted on: October 10th, 2022

A mammogram could save your life.

Breast cancer is one of the most common diseases affecting women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. In fact, it’s the second-leading cause of death among women behind lung cancer. The good news is: breast cancer can be detected early while it’s still very treatable. The key is to arm yourself with the information you need to reduce your risk.

Know Your Risk

You have a higher risk of developing breast cancer if you meet any of the following risk factors:

  • Over the age of 40
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Environmental factors, including exposure to radiation
  • Overweight or obese

Mammograms: Your Best Defense

A mammogram is the most effective method for early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. Women should begin screening for breast cancer at the age of 40. Depending on your family history or other factors, you may need to start earlier. Talk to your physician to determine what’s best for you.

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