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Persons at risk for breast cancer

Early detection of breast cancer is the key to its complete cure. Breast cancer is curable. Identify the risk factors to detect it early. Breast cancer is a hereditary disease, so one has to take extra precautions if there is family history of this disease.

Is breast cancer hereditary

Yes. Breast cancer is a hereditary disease.  If your close female relatives (like your mother or your sister) have breast cancer, then you face a greater risk of contracting the disease.  However, given that you know you are in a high-risk category, it is possible for you to take extra precautions.  You should be more vigilant about factors that are in your control - such as your childbearing age and your diet.  You should also be more watchful about lumps in your breasts - both through regular self-examinations as well as through routine mammograms.

Is breast cancer age-related

Yes.  The average age of women contracting this disease is 54.  Women are also generally in the post-menopausal stage.  It is very rare for breast cancer to affect women before the age of 35.  Over 85% of tumors (benign or malignant) tend to develop in women above the age of 40.  On the other hand, 30% of all breast cancers occur in women under the age of 50.

I am unlikely to get breast cancer since nobody in my family has it

This is not true.  It has been seen that close to 80% of the women who have breast cancer have no family history of this disease.

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Meenakshi.7 years ago
breast cancer is very common these days. its very important to go for regualr checkups to avoid it or atleast diagnose it in its first stage itself.
Michelle.7 years ago
breast cancer isn't anything to joke about my mother had it and it wasn't very pretty. breast cancer is very common and if you go get checkups on it and to see if you have it you should be fine.
Shea.7 years ago
i'm doing a report on breast cancer for my sixth grade class and so far on my reaserch it's a very sirious case.
ashley.7 years ago
you can die from it.
Jo Jo.7 years ago
its funny
Sharon.7 years ago
it is very important to get a second or even a third opion.i had my brest removed several years ago. the doctor said that my lump had cancer tenducies. so he said the best thing to do was to have my breast removed. and to have kemo as well. at the time i was going through a seperation and was confused and frightened. but it all was done and after all the test came back it was determaned that i didn't have cancer. so make sure you have many oppinions.
babitha.7 years ago
i have a daughter who is 3 yrs old.i breast feeded her for 7 months.but there is still some milk secretion in my breasts.will i get cancer
fiza.7 years ago
breast cancer very dangerous. from it you can die. you must get checkups to avoid it.
plunko.7 years ago
it herts
gita.7 years ago
i was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago at the age of 37. i am doing fine thanks to god and early detection. so please get screened. it really saves lives.
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