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The Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Last updated 3 years ago

Breast cancer is a disease to which no woman is immune. It can develop in adults both young and old, and it can occur in women of all cultural backgrounds. However, breast care experts have found that certain circumstances can increase the likelihood of breast cancer. Brandon Regional Hospital encourages those in the greater Hillsborough County region to familiarize themselves with these risk factors:

Tissue Density

Breast care experts recommend that all adult women conduct monthly breast self-examinations. This regular practice can help women better understand the makeup of their breasts, which can naturally be dense. Highly dense breast tissue is normally described as tissue of a fibrous or glandular nature, and this characteristic of breast tissue can place a woman at higher risk for breast cancer. Breast self-examinations, as well as clinical examinations and mammograms, can help women with dense tissue more easily detect abnormal lumps and other signs of breast cancer.

Affected Relatives

Though a wide variety of factors can contribute to breast cancer, breast care specialists have found that genetics likely play a role. In fact, a woman with a daughter, sister, or mother with breast cancer incurs approximately two times the danger of getting breast cancer as someone with no immediate family connection. Like tissue density, a family history of breast cancer is an uncontrollable risk factor, but preventive measures can help at-risk women more quickly find and respond to the potential presence of malignant cells.

Older Age

Even when a woman does not have dense breast tissue, and she has no close relative with the disease, she may face an increased risk of breast cancer as she gets older. Older age often factors into many types of cancer, including breast cancer, because with time cells have more opportunities to mutate and produce malignant tumors. For this reason, breast care experts advise all women age 40 and older to undergo annual mammogram screenings to help identify and address abnormal growths as soon as possible.

What are you doing to control your danger of breast cancer? To learn more about our preventive care services for breast health, call Brandon Regional Hospital at (888) 327-2636. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives can explain our healthcare options and even direct you to a breast care expert.


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