Dr. Oz Show Recap; Monday Nov. 23 2009 New Mammography Guidelines And Breast Examinations Watch The Video's ... Click Here!
There are 3 categories of risk factors linked to breast cancer.
1. Gender: Being a woman is the main risk factor
2. Age: Risk increases as you get older
3. Genes: The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes
4. Family History: Mother or sister with breast cancer
Lifestyle Risk Factors
1. Hormone replacement therapy
2. 2-5 alcoholic drinks a day
3. Being overweight or obese
4. Lack of exercise
Factors with Uncertain Effect on Breast Cancer Risk
1. High-fat diet
2. Cigarette smoking
3. Working the night shift
On Monday September 28 th Dr.oz Spoke of the top symptoms of cancer to look for. One of the five symptoms was about changes in the skin of the breast. Here are a few facts about breast cancer from the American Cancer Society.
An estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the US during 2009; about 1,910 new cases are expected in men.
Signs and symptoms: The earliest sign of breast cancer is often an abnormality detected on a mammogram, before it can be felt by the woman or a health care professional. Larger tumors may become evident as a painless mass. Less common symptoms include persistent changes to the breast, such as thickening, swelling, distortion, ten- derness, skin irritation, redness, or scaliness, or nipple abnormalities, such as ulceration, retraction, or spon- taneous discharge. Typically, breast pain results from benign conditions and is not an early symptom of breast cancer.
An estimated 40,610 breast cancer deaths (40,170 women, 440 men) are expected in 2009. Breast cancer ranks second as a cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). Death rates for breast cancer have steadily decreased in women since 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50 (a decrease of 3.2% per year) than in those 50 and older (2.0% per year). The decrease in breast cancer death rates represents progress in both earlier detection and improved treatment.
Reference: The American Cancer Society
Whether you are a Man or a Women, Get yourself to a doctor if you notice any of these skin changes on your breasts.
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