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Be Aware & Know Your Breast Cancer Risk

Updated: Nov 16, 2021




Forgot your mammogram in 2020? You're not alone. COVID-19 concerns overshadowed a lot of our regular health screening.


Let's get back on track. Today we'll discuss what you need to know so you can be aware about your breast cancer risk.


๐Ÿ’– Know Your Risk Factors

We all probably know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. That is because it is the most common cancer in women (other than skin cancer). 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. As women, we are all at risk, but some people have higher risk factors.

You are at greater risk if you have a first-degree relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer. This would be a parent or sibling, including your father and brothers. Yes, men can get breast cancer, too. I have had male breast cancer patients throughout my career, so it is important for men to see your clinician to check any lumps in your breasts. There are other familial conditions that can increase your chances of getting breast cancer, including Lynch Syndrome. Knowing your family history is so important, but if you don't know your family history, this can be where the screening tool becomes even more handy.


One risk calculator I highly recommend was created by the National Cancer Institute, and it can be found here: https://bcrisktool.cancer.gov/

If you have a lifetime breast cancer risk of over 15%, you may need additional screenings and tests.


๐Ÿ’– Get Your Breast Cancer Screening

That may sound scary to you, but remember, it's just probability. It's not saying that you are going to get cancer. I'm a believer, and I believe that "by His stripes we are healed", and that we should pray for healing. However, I also feel that knowing your risks helps you to see if you need to take actions to intervene.