We at TrueMD support Breast Cancer wareness and have created action plans to help women fight this devastating disease.
First, we provide preventing care advice and recommendations to empower women with knowledge that they can do something to prevent developing breast cancer. Second, we recommend breast cancer screenings through multiple modalities, but especially via mammography, on a regular basis. Third, we offer annual physical exams, including annual breast exams to all our patients. Third, we recommend modalities to decrease a woman’s risks of developing breast cancer.
Although genetics does play a role in breast cancer, having several close maternal side relative with cancer only puts you at a higher risk of developing the cancer. If you have a strong family history, you can double your risk. However, this varies with your age, as this chart demonstrates
|Absolute risk of breast cancer in U.S. women by age|
|If current age is:||Absolute risk of developing breast cancer|
in the next 10 years is:
|20||1 in 1,732 (0.06%)|
|30||1 in 228 (0.4%)|
|40||1 in 69 (1.5%)|
|Source: American Cancer Society1|
Even if you double your risk at ate 40, your chances are still only 3%. However, as you age, your risks increase incrementall until, at at 90, you have a 1 in 9 risk. So let’s see what you can do to decrease these risks.
The problems that increase your risks of developing breast cancers are mostly actions that you can do yourself to preserve your health. You can’t do anything about your genes, but you can do something about your lifestyle. If fact, we offer programs to help you acheive these goals.
Improve your Body’s health to decrease your risk of breast cancer
- Obesity: Being overweight increases your risk of breast cancer. If you are obese, you double your risk. Take control and lose the weight. Our HCG True Diet can help you lose those extra pounds and teaches you how you can embracce a better and healthier lifestyle.
- Not having children: Women who never carried babies and have no maternal children have a greater chance of developing breast cancer. If you did get pregnant and you breast feed, good for you! Breast-feeding has been shown to lower your breast cancer risks.
- High breast density: If you have dense breast tissues, i.e. you have more glandular and fibrous tissue, you may be at higher risk for developing breast cancer than women with less dense breasts.
- Use the right hormones: Certain synthetic hormones have been associated with increased risks of developing breast cancers. Hormones can be very beneficial to your health and your quality of life as you enter menopause. Using Bioidentical hormones as we recommend are safe and do not increase your risks of developing breast cancers. In fact, many studies suggest a decreased risk when used appropriately.
- Menstrual history: Starting your menstrual cycles at an early age (before age 12) and/or menopause at an older age (after age 55) increases your risk of developing breast cancer, but only slightly.
- Don’t embrace a sedentary lifestyle: Good physical activity and regular exercise for four to seven hours a week can help to reduce breastcancer risk.
- Heavy drinking: Don’t drink heavily: this increases your risk of developing breast cancer. The more you drink, the more the risk increases.
- Smoking cigarettes: Once again, cigarette smoking is associated with another cancer: breast cancer. Don’t smoke!!!
We hope that this information helps you to understand how you can take action to fight breast cancer. My staff, in pink, and I are rooting for your success!