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Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Breast Cancer Risks at Penrose-St. Francis Colorado SpringsIt seems like we've all been affected by breast cancer at some point in our lives, whether we have had it, or have had a family member or friend who's battled it. Every woman has a chance of getting breast cancer. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women and the disease we fear most. As scared as we are, you can try to remember that if you find breast cancer early, it can often be treated successfully. Many women have overcome breast cancer and are living life to its fullest!

Regular proactive care from a dedicated physician can offer you peace of mind. Be sure to discuss the following risk factors with your doctor:

Are you over 40?
Your risk for breast cancer increases as you age. One out of 68 women between 40 to 49 years of age are at risk of developing breast cancer. That risk increases to one in 37 for women in the 50 to 59 age group.

Do you have a family history?
Having a mother, sister or daughter who has breast cancer puts you at a higher risk for the disease. The risk is even greater if your relative developed it before menopause and had cancer in both breasts.

Do you have genetic indicators?
Women with an inherited alteration in either of two familial breast cancer genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, have up to an 80% chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.

Have you had a breast lesion?
A previous breast biopsy result of atypical hyperplasia (lobular or ductal) increases a woman's breast cancer risk by four to five times.

To schedule a digital mammogram with The Center for Women's Imaging, call 719-776-8010.

 

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