What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer

Did you know that Mother’s Day marks the beginning of National Women’s Health Week? It’s also the perfect time to learn about breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 American women, and the steps you can take to reduce your risk. 

At Genesis Weight Loss and Wellness Centers in Brooksville, Florida, board-certified OB/GYN Eugene Guerre Jr., MD, and our compassionate care team offer comprehensive gynecological services to women and girls ages 12 and over, including breast cancer screening and education. 

Researchers estimate nearly 300,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year alone. Take a moment to brush up on what you need to know about this potentially life-threatening disease and what you can do to avoid it.

Understanding breast cancer 

Like other types of cancer, breast cancer forms when abnormal cells in the breast tissue grow uncontrollably. This occurs when the genes responsible for regulating the cells and maintaining their health mutate, or change. 

Only about 5-10% of breast cancer cases result from an inherited genetic abnormality. The majority of breast cancer develops due to genetic changes that occur as you age. Most breast cancer cases start in the ducts that bring milk from the gland to the nipple, though some start in the breast milk glands. 

While most lumps or bumps found in the breast are benign growths, like cysts or fibroadenomas, you should talk to Dr. Guerre if you notice any bumps or other signs of breast cancer, including: 

If left unchecked, breast cancer cells can spread or invade other nearby healthy tissues, including the lymph nodes in your underarm area. These tiny organs work to filter toxins and other foreign substances from your body, and if cancer cells reach them, they can spread to other regions of your body, making it more difficult to treat.  

Understanding your risk of breast cancer

Every man and woman has some risk of developing breast cancer, but women are far more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than men. In fact, being a woman is the single largest risk factor for breast cancer. 

Some of the other common risk factors for breast cancer include:

White women and women who wait to have children after age 30 or who never have children are also at increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Lowering your risk of breast cancer

You may not be able to stop aging or do anything about your family history and several other risk factors, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk of developing breast cancer by making simple lifestyle changes, including:

Learn more about breast cancer or schedule your well-woman exam by contacting us at Genesis Weight Loss and Wellness Centers in Brooksville, Florida.

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