March 2nd 2012
ABOUT BREAST CANCER
Cancer is very common among people of all ages. There are many different types of cancer and certain ones affect certain ages more. Among older people there are certain cancers that affect their age group more than others. One cancer that affects older adults more than any other age group is breast cancer. Breast cancer can both occur in men and women it is rare for a man to get breast cancer.
CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS
*Gender- women are at a higher risk for breast cancer.
*Age- Breast cancer is more commonly found in women ages +
*Family history- More common in people that have had close family members with the disease. *History of breast cancer- Someone who has had this cancer before is more likely to get it again. *Race- white women are more likely to get breast cancer than other races. *Dense breast tissue- Women with more gland tissue and less fat tissue. *Not having children/children later in life- Women who do not have children or have children after age 30 have a greater risk for breast cancer *Birth control pills- women who use birth control pills have a slightly greater risk for breast cancer. *Using hormone therapy after menopause.
*Not breast feeding – breast feeding slightly lowers the risk for breast cancer. *Alcohol- Alcohol use is clearly linked to high ring your risk of getting breast cancer. *overweight- Being overweight or obese is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. *Lack of exercise- Exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer.
PREVENTION AND DETECTION
Ways to detect breast cancer
*Yearly mammograms starting at age 40.
*Clinical breast exam about every 3 years for women in their 20’s and 30’s *Self breast exam- if anything feels or looks different than normal they should get it checked out.
Ways to prevent breast cancer
*Stay away from tobacco and alcohol
*Stay at a healthy weight
*Regular physical activity
*Eat healthy, lots...