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RISK FACTORS: Gender: Far more common in women than men. Family History: If your mother, sister, father or child has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, you have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the future. Your risk increases if your relative was diagnosed before the age of 50. Personal Health History: If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the other breast in the future. Also, your risk increases if abnormal breast cells have been detected before (such as atypical hyperplasia, lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)) Menstrual and Reproductive History: Early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after 55), having your first child at an older age, or never having given birth can also increase your risk for breast cancer. Dense Breast Tissue: WEALTH & HEALTH Having dense breast tissue can increase your risk for breast cancer and make lumps harder to detect. Several states have passed laws requiring physicians to disclose to women if their mammogram indicates that they have dense breasts so that they are aware of this risk. Be sure to ask your physician if you have dense breasts and what the implications of having dense breasts are. Race: Breast cancer is diagnosed more often in Caucasian women than women of other races. Age: Two out of three women with invasive cancer are diagnosed after age 55. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP: Self-Breast Exams: Once a month it is important to perform a selfbreast exam. You can do this either laying down or in the shower and it is recommended to do the exam about 2-4 days after your period ends. Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider. It is also very important to examine your breasts in front of the mirror to see if there are any visual changes such as any swelling or dimpling of tissue. If you have any concerns after doing an exam contact your provider. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die as a result. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die as a result each year w&3w&2&RvrFW7G2FBVFfB&&ƗFW2FR'&V7BB2&V6VFVBF7F'BfrVw&0gFW"vRC"V&ƖW"bRfRFW&f֖ǒ7F'`'&V7B66W""R"W"&fFW"fVVVWࠣPf"&Rf&F6F7BW VF6&R&fFW""f6BwwrF'&V7F66W"&pTTDԕ5D2TTRDTDT@