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Who Are The People At Risk For Breast Cancer
Every woman.: Considering the fact that 1 in 8 us women will get breast ca in their lifetime, no woman should think they are immune. Certainly, women with first-degree relatives with breast ca may be at increased risk. Breast ca is also associated with women who have had elevated unopposed estrogen levels, ie, early menarche, late menopause, no prior children, long history of birth control pills/hormone rep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more
Good diet: Avoidance of a high fat diet and keeping your body weight close to normal may decrease the risk of bc - especially postmenopausal. Exercise may help. Excessive alcohol intake has been linked to breast cancer risk and so has long-term use of estrogens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Every woman is!: We really don't know what causes breast cancer. We do know that women with a long exposure to estrogen are at a higher risk. If you started your period early, or never got pregnant, or have a family history of breast cancer, your risk is higher. Radiation exposure to the chest wall (from cancer treatment) increases your risk. Alcohol intake increases your risk. So does aging. We're all at risk! ...Read more
Cancer risk factors: Include: being female, ^'ing age, genetics, family history of breast cancer, previous breast cancer, being caucasian, dense breast tissue, some previous benign breast conditions, never having given birth or 1st child after age 30, early menarche, late menopause, radiation (chest), exposure to diethylstilbestrol, hormone replacement after menopause, oral contraceptives, obesity, heavy etoh use. ...Read more
Most everyone is,..: ...Even men. Your risk depends on several personal factors (like age at menopause, age at first birth, alcohol intake, bmi, and others) as well as family history. See your family doc or gyn for this and ask if you should see a specialist in risk assessment. In the meantime, live healthy and get your screening tests on time. ...Read more
See full answer: Brca gene mutation, family history, esp. A first-degree relative (mother, father or sister), early age at first period, late menopause, no children or children after age 30, obesity, high-fat diet. However it is very important to realize that there is no guaranteed method of prevention, and 75% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients have no family history of breast cancer - everyone is at risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm wondering what measures should be taken by a 40 year old woman at high risk for breast cancer?
Can i tell me if I am at high risk for breast cancer but don't have it, would the surgery be completely out of pocket?
Good question: Depends on your insurance and what you consider "high risk". For example, a patient with a brca mutation usually can get preventative mastectomies covered. Your doc could consider sending you to a specialist in risk assessment who will estimate your cancer risk using one of several models. If the risk is high enough, it may justify the surgery. ...Read more
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