How To Tell If You’re At A High Risk Of Breast CancerOctober 28, 2021 1:34 pm
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our staff and our offices are all decked out in pink to show support and raise awareness about the disease. We are also taking the time to make sure you have the information you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from the disease.
You may be aware that breast cancer is one of the more curable types of cancer, when it is caught early. Early detection is key to catching breast cancer and then also treating it. While you should follow your medical providers advice on when you should be screened for breast cancer, there are also some very common risks that are associated with breast cancer which should have you on high alert according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)
- Family history of breast cancer. If there is a history in your family of abnormalities in breast tissue you may be at a high risk for the disease. You should always share your medical history and your family’s medical history with your medical provider so that she/he can give you the best direction in getting screened for breast cancer or other diseases that may rely heavily on family history as indicating factors.
- Another inherited risk factor is if you’ve experienced a change in your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. There is a drug test you can take to determine if there have been mutations in these two genes. This is another determinative risk factor that you may be a higher risk for breast cancer.
While there are certainly other risk factors to be aware of when thinking about your risk level when it comes to breast cancer, the family history piece and the test to determine if there have been mutations in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes present the clearest picture that you should be on high alert for breast cancer and get yourself screened regularly.
If you happen to be in one of our clinics this month don’t hesitate to take a picture with some of our pink decorations and post it on social media so you can spread the word about breast cancer prevention and treatment. The more people that know, the better chance we have as a society of eradicating this difficult disease.