Breast cancer in women can be a scary thing, and as the years have gone by, it has become quite a common thing in a woman’s life. In the year 2007, over 200,000 cases of breast cancer in women were reported. When it comes to know these numbers, and the severity of the situation, it helps to be able to know how to prevent breast cancer in you and how to know what to do if a problem presents itself.
Think about what aspects will increase your chances of developing breast cancer. Not only does little exercise contribute to this, smoking, drinking and drugs do as well. Think about your body and your genes, sometimes it can be completely out of your control like having a mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. This gene mutation does not guarantee you are going to get breast cancer, but it does increase your chances.
The best thing for you to do is to get with your doctor and sit down and talk about all of the risks and all of the preventative steps you can take towards breast cancer. If you do not feel very comfortable seeing your doctor or you just simply cannot get to your doctor because of your schedule, find a few minutes in your busy day to get online and read about the risks and preventative measures that you can take towards breast cancer. You can find some answers and facts on WebMD, or even Wikipedia will offer articles that will help you understand breast cancer a little bit better. But, the best source for answers is The National Cancer Institute website.
You should be getting a yearly mammograms as well as physical exams. Your doctor can check you for any abnormalities that might be of concern, and from there the situation can be addressed. The bottom line though is, get checked every year, and know your body, it will be a lot easier to notice an issue if you know how your body feels.
You can usually detect any abnormalities just by doing a home breast exam; about 80% are detected just by doing an exam at home. Once you find an abnormality within your breast, you can then proceed to your doctor, and they can asses the issue from there. If you are a carrier of a few of the beast cancer risk factors, then getting a clinical breast exam done every year is going to be needed when you turn 20, and every year from then on. This is only to keep you safe, so your physician can detect any warning signs early enough.
Medical care can be expensive and this goes for yearly physical exams and mammograms. Now, Medicare will pay for those costs as soon as you turn 40 years old. If you are younger and cannot afford them, or your insurance simply will not pay for them, there are ways to get free mammograms at no cost whatsoever to you. Simply take that all the way up to your county’s Board of Health.
The more knowledge you have about breast cancer and what you can do to prevent it, or what you can do to find it early enough, the better off you are going to be in the long run!