Certain risk factors of breast cancer can’t be prevented such as aging or family history. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk. Beaumont Hospitals created the Comprehensive Breast Care Centers <link to specific page> to help reduce the devastating effects of the disease on our community through cancer prevention and early detection, when the chances of successful treatment are highest.
Beaumont sponsors a variety of education and community outreach programs to help women take a proactive role in guarding their own health. For women over age 40, that means providing state-of-the-art breast imaging facilities. And for women whose risk factors are high, the High-Risk Evaluation Clinic < link to specific page > can schedule twice-yearly clinical breast evaluations and other services in a caring and supportive setting.
To learn more about breast cancer prevention and diagnosis, click on the links below.
Diagnostic Procedures for Breast Cancer
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Cancer Genetics Program
A risk factor is anything that may increase a person's chance of developing a disease. It may be an activity, such as smoking, diet, family history, or many other things. Different diseases, including cancers, have different risk factors.
Knowing your risk factors to any disease can help to guide you into the appropriate actions, including changing behaviors and being clinically monitored for the disease.
Any woman may develop breast cancer. However, the following risk factors may increase the likelihood of developing the disease.
Risk factors that cannot be changed:
The most frequently cited lifestyle-related risk factors:
Environmental risk factors:
To learn more about women's health, and specifically hormone replacement therapy, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) in 1991. The hormone trial had two studies: the estrogen-plus-progestin (HRT) study of women with a uterus and the estrogen-alone (ERT) study of women without a uterus. Both studies were concluded early when the research showed that hormone replacement did not help prevent heart disease and it increased risk for some medical problems.
The WHI recommends that women follow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advice on hormone (estrogen-alone or estrogen-plus-progestin) therapy. It states that hormone therapy should not be taken to prevent heart disease.
These products are approved therapies for relief from moderate to severe hot flashes and symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy. Although hormone therapy is effective for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis, it should only be considered for women at significant risk of osteoporosis who cannot take non-estrogen medications. The FDA recommends that hormone therapy be used at the lowest doses for the shortest duration needed to achieve treatment goals.
Postmenopausal women who use or are considering using hormone therapy should discuss the possible benefits and risks to them with their physicians.
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