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Am I at Risk for Breast Cancer?

There is really no way to know for sure if you’re going to get breast cancer. Certain risk factors can make it more likely, but having 1 or more does not necessarily mean that you will get breast cancer. In fact, you can have all the risk factors and never get breast cancer, or you can have no known risk factors and still get the disease.

If you agree with any of the following bolded statements, you may be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Some risk factors are out of your control, such as your age or family history. Others, like drinking 1 or more alcoholic drinks a day, or taking hormones, are factors you can control.

Each time you agree with a statement, ask yourself if you are doing all that you can to control that particular risk factor. It may seem difficult, but your efforts can have a big payoff in terms of your health and quality of life. Ask your health care providers and loved ones to help think of ways that you can lower your risk for breast cancer.

Know that researchers continue to study some of these factors to determine how much they can increase your risk for breast cancer. In some cases, more studies are needed to confirm the link to breast cancer.

I’m a woman

Both men and women can get breast cancer. But most of the cases occur in women. Being a woman is the main risk factor for breast cancer.

I’m older than age 50

Age is your next biggest risk factor. The older you are, the more likely you will get the disease. In fact, most breast cancers are found in women older than age 55. Though you can’t do anything to reduce this risk factor, you can avoid those risk factors that are in your control.

I’ve had breast cancer

If you’ve had cancer in 1 breast, you’re at an increased risk of getting it in the other breast. Keep all your follow-up appointments with your health care provider and have yearly mammograms.

A female relative has had breast cancer

If any female relative in your family (including your grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, or daughter) has had breast cancer, you have a higher risk of getting it, too. Your risk doubles if the woman is your mother, sister, or daughter. And it’s even higher if your relative had cancer in both breasts, or if it was diagnosed before she went through menopause. Research shows a genetic link between women in the same family who have breast cancer. If breast cancer runs in your family, you can have genetic testing to find out if you have that abnormal gene. If you do, you can explore options to help prevent the disease. But just because you have the abnormal gene doesn’t mean you’ll get breast cancer. Therefore, it’s best to have genetic counseling first to know whether or not to get tested, and to know what to do after testing. Some women choose to have 1 or both breasts surgically removed. Removing a healthy breast as a preventive measure is called a prophylactic mastectomy. Since surgery carries its own set of risks, talk this option over carefully with your doctor before making a decision.

I have benign breast disease

There are 2 kinds of benign breast disease: nonproliferative and proliferative. Nonproliferative benign breast disease does not increase your risk for breast cancer. But if you have proliferative benign breast disease, your risk for breast cancer increases. Proliferative benign breast disease is an overgrowth of cells lining your ducts or lobules. If the multiplying cells look like normal breast tissue cells, your risk only increases by 1.5 to 2 times. If your cells look abnormal (called atypia), then your risk increases by 3.5 to 5 times. The only way to know if you have benign breast disease is by having a biopsy.

I’m older than age 30 and have never given birth

If you’re older than age 30 and you’ve never given birth to a child, you have a slightly higher risk of getting breast cancer. Evidence shows that your risk decreases the more children you have and the closer in age you have them. However, because so many factors should be considered before having a baby, you may be better off focusing on the other risk factors that you can control.

I take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs

HRT involves taking the hormones estrogen or progesterone, or a combination of the two. If you have taken combination HRT for 2 or more years to relieve postmenopausal symptoms, you may have a greater chance of getting breast cancer. And the longer you’ve taken them, the higher your risk. The good news is that if you stop taking the drugs, your risk should go back down to normal after 5 years. Estrogen alone, which may be given to women who no longer have a uterus, does not appear to raise your risk much, if at all, unless it is taken for a long time (for more than 10 years). Talk with your health care provider about how to gradually stop taking HRT. This will help lessen the side effects that can occur if you stop suddenly.

I started having periods before age 12 or didn’t reach menopause until after age 55

Researchers think that the longer your breast tissue is exposed to estrogen, the more likely it is that you will get breast cancer. If you’re menstruating, it means your ovaries are still producing estrogen. This is a hormone that increases your risk for breast cancer. Therefore, the longer you have been having your period, the higher your risk. 

My chest has been exposed to high-dose radiation

If you have ever been exposed to high-dose radiation in your chest area, you have an increased chance of getting breast cancer. This may be true if you were treated for Hodgkin disease, took part in certain tuberculosis studies, or lived near the site of an atomic blast. And the risk may be even higher if the exposure happened when you were a child. It’s important to remember that this involves high doses of radiation. The small doses used for breast cancer screening, for example, do not increase your risk.

I’m white

If you’re white, you have a higher risk of getting breast cancer than if you’re black, Asian, or Native American. But if you’re black, your risk of dying from the disease is higher than it is for white women. Studies also show that when women from low-risk countries move to a high-risk area (like the United States), their risk for breast cancer goes up. This probably means that environment and lifestyle factors matter more than the genetics of these groups in determining risk.

I’m overweight

This risk factor is complex. Research shows conflicting results about the link between weight and breast cancer. Overall, your risk of getting breast cancer is lower if you maintain a healthy weight with a body mass index below 25. If you’re overweight and you do get breast cancer, the excess weight also affects your chances of being cured. Most health care providers say it’s better to maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight, ask your health care provider or a nutritionist for tips on how to get more exercise and eat fewer calories so you can shed pounds. Make an effort to avoid gaining weight after menopause.

I take birth control pills

Studies show that taking birth control pills slightly increases your breast cancer risk compared with women who have never used them. The risk seems to go back to normal over time after the pills are stopped. Women who stopped using birth control pills more than 10 years ago have not been found to have any increased breast cancer risk. Talk with your health care provider about the benefits and risks of taking oral contraceptive pills.

I drink one or more alcoholic drinks a day

Studies show that your risk for breast cancer goes up if you drink just 1 glass of wine or beer or 1 mixed drink a day. Studies also show that the more you drink, the greater your risk. If you do drink, limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may want to limit your intake even more.

I’m physically inactive

Physical inactivity is another lifestyle factor linked to many cancers, including breast cancer. Getting regular exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight. This may be particularly helpful in decreasing your risk for breast cancer after menopause.

I eat a diet high in saturated fat

Saturated fat is the kind of fat found in animal products like meat, cheese, eggs, many fried foods, and junk food. Some research has shown a link between eating a diet high in this type of fat and an increased risk of getting breast cancer. However, it’s not clear whether the risk is from the fat or the extra calories in these foods. And other research has shown that foods high in unsaturated fat, like olive oil, fish, and nuts, may actually help protect you from getting breast cancer. More research is needed. In the meantime, it can’t hurt to cut back on foods high in saturated fat, while increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables. These have been shown to protect against cancer.

I have dense breast tissue

Women whose breasts appear on mammograms to have larger areas of dense tissue compared to mammograms of women of the same age, are at increased risk for breast cancer. But people with breast cancer who have dense breast tissue do not have a higher risk of dying than those who do not have dense tissue. 

I took DES when I was pregnant

DES is a drug that was given to some pregnant women in the U.S. between about 1940 and 1971 to help prevent miscarriage. (It is no longer used.) Women who took DES during pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk for breast cancer. Women whose mothers took DES during pregnancy may also have a slightly higher risk. 

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month (the entire month of October), visit these local retailers, show your pink Lisa Boccard bracelet, and receive your discount!

4-U Beauty Supplies Inc.
7942 W Sample Road
15% off excluding sale items
A Nose for Clothes
2808 N University Drive
$10 off $75 purchase
Acupuncture Wellness Center of Coral Springs
10139 NW 31 Street, #101
Free Initial Evaluation and $50 off Initial treatment
Aldos Cleaners
Heron Lakes
10% off order
Andrew H. Krinsky MD, LLC
7401 N University Drive, Suite 101
Free Educational Self Breast Exam and Shower Card
Arbonne International
3800 Oaks Clubhouse Drive, Suite 406
Pompano Beach
25% off any purchase up to $100
35% off purchases over $100
Avon
8801 W Sample Road
10% off order
Beautiful Things Inc.
7401 W Sample Road
20% off discounted price
Bella Vita Pizza
11010 Wiles Road
Free Glass of Wine OR Free Dessert
Big City Dry Cleaners
10323 Royal Palm Blvd
Coral Springs
10% off entire order
City Eyecare
2812 N University Drive
Coral Springs
Buy one complete pair of glasses & get one free
Coral Nails Salon
10681 Wiles Road
$2 off (any visit $20 & up)
Crocante Bakery
2708 N University Drive
10% off
Crown Medical
935 N University Drive
Coral Springs
15% off Vein Treatment
Curves - Coral Springs
10749 Wiles Road
10 free "Zumba in the Circuit" with 12-month membership ($30 value)
DeLites Emporium
8128 Wiles Road
Monday - Wednesday, buy one ice cream get one free. Thursday - Sunday, buy one ice cream get 2nd 1/2 off
Devcon Security / Cindi Zilka
478 SW 12 Avenue
Deerfield Beach
Free Basic Security System
Diamond Nail
7934 W Sample Road
10% off any service over $10
Dream Dinners
3439 Hiatus Road
Sunrise
10% off First Session with 36 Servings or greater
Dr. F Leigh Phillips, III
2855 N University Drive
Free paraffin hand treatment
Expert Watch & Jewelry
7880 Wiles Road
10% off any Watch Battery
E-Z Dry Cleaners
7958 W Sample Road
Margate
15% discount
Festival Flea Market Mall
2900 W Sample Road
Pompano Beach
Receive a book of coupons for $20 (each coupon $1.00)
Floral & Hearty Designs, Inc.
7601 W Sample Road
20% off Custom Floral Arrangement
Gaeta's Home Improvements, Inc.
gaetashomeimprovement.com
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Gordon Realty, LLC
766 Riverside Drive Coral Springs
Free Consultation / Market & Lease Analysis
Haircolor Concepts
2916 N University Drive
20% off any one service (can't combine)
Huntington Learning Center Coral Springs
1750 N University Drive, #234
$100 off Diagnositic Evaluation - Regularly $195, only $95 with bracelet
India Garden Restaurant
10436 W Atlantic Boulevard
Coral Springs
15% off Entire Bill
Jazzercise (Coral Springs Center)
7978 W Sample Road
50% off October with registration
JD's Bar & Lounge
10311 W Sample Road
Coral Springs
10% off Total Tab
Kim's Nails & Hair
4626 University Drive
10% off all services
Kings Pharmacy
2814 N University Drive
25% off any vitamin product
Krinsky MD, Andrew
7401 N University Drive, Suite 101
Free Educational Self Breast Exam and Shower Card
L. Wald, Inc.
9829 W Sample Road
Free Cleaning & Check Diamonds
Laura's Ultimate Pilates
7873 University Drive
Parkland
Complimentary Group Class or 1 Private Session, or 10% off Purchased Package
Learning Express
12801 W Sunrise Blvd # 611
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Manhattan Bagel
4610 N University Drive
10% off order
Marola's Resturante
929 University Drive
1 Glass of Wine per Bracelet with order
Martinizing Dry Cleaners
10408 West Atlantic Blvd
25% off minimum 5 dry cleaning pieces
Meyer’s Latin Flair
2528 N University Drive
10% off
Mind Over Matter Health & Fitness
7866 W Sample Road
50% discount off 1st session
Mona's Kids Clothes
2801 University Drive
20% off anything in Store
Mythos Greek Taverna
2864 N University Drive
Free dessert with any dinner entrée (Sun-Thurs. Valid for dine-in service only)
Nannies Vintage
7880 Wiles Road
10% discount on purchases over $10
Park's Tae Kwon Do
10303 Royal Palm Blvd
2 weeks free & uniform for $10
Patio Shoppe
7355 Sample Road
Additional 10% off green tickets
Pink Papaya Frozen Yogurt
9870 W Sample Rd
20% off Yogurt purchase
Parkland/Coral Springs Life Magazine
4611 Johnson Rd #3
Coconut Creek
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Physicians Weight Loss Center
2127 N University Drive
Coral Springs
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Play It Again Sports
11426 W Sample Road
Coral Springs
10% off any Item
Professional Property & Casualty Insurance
5900 N Andrews Avenue, Suite 29
Fort Lauderdale
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Rosina DiBello's Photography Studio
410 W Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach
25% off professional headshots
Free on-location family session - includes 1 8x10 digital image
Salon Bella (with Jennifer)
8216 Wiles Road
10% off
Sands Financial Service
1451 W Cypress Creek Road, Suite 300
Complimentary one hour consultation
Scarfones Coal Fired Pizza
6240 Coral Ridge Drive
10% off not to be combined with other promotions
Serena Day Spa
5619 Coral Ridge Drive
10% off 1 Service
Shelby's Kitchen & Deli
3952 W Hillsboro Blvd
Deerfield Beach
10% off check dine in only
Simply Me Day Spa & Salon
6240 Coral Ridge Drive, Suite 103 & 113
10% off any service & 20% off all Dermalogica, Bumble & Bumble, or Jane Iredale products
SOS Carpet & Tile Cleaning
1961 NW 55 Avenue
Margate
10% off
Splendid Nails
9741 W Sample Road
Coral Springs
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Steven's Hair Design
9871 W Sample Road
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Tavolino Della Nonna
10181 W Sample Road
Glass of House Wine
The Consignment Post
9661 W Sample Road
10% off
Tijuana Taxi Co
901 N University Drive
Coral Springs
15% off regular price items           
Tijuana Taxi Co
4400 S University Drive
Davie
15% off regular price items
Trattoria Bella Cibo
5801 Margate Blvd
20% discount on entire check
United Martial Arts Center
7962 W Sample Road
Margate
Two weeks of Free Karate Classes
Vivian Auld Boutique
4425 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek
10% off
Whole Foods Market Coral Springs
810 University Drive
$2 off any Health Starts Here Smoothie with coupon
Wings Plus
9880 West Sample Road
Free French Fries With Meal
Wings Plus
1235 University Dr
Free French Fries With Meal
Yoga Source
7422 Wiles Road
1 Free Class
Yogurt Craze
7301 N SR7
Parkland
20% off Purchase of Yogurt up to 4 people

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