According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, and Asian/Pacific Islander and Indian/Alaska Native women.


BREAST CANCER RISK FACTORS WHICH CANNOT BE CHANGED

GENDER
Being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast and ovarian cancers. Women are constantly exposed to growth promoting effects of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, making breast cancer more common in women than men.

AGING
Risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer increase as women get older. About 78 % of women with breast cancer are 50 years and older.

GENETIC
Breast cancer and ovarian cancer risk is higher among women with close blood relatives (mother, sister, grandmother or aunt) who has the disease.

RACE
White women have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than African - American women. However, African -American women are more likely to die from the disease. Experts believe the reason is that African -American women often have more aggressive growing tumors.


BREAST CANCER RISK FACTORS WHICH CAN BE CHANGED

ALCOHOL
Alcohol use is believed to increase the risk of breast cancer. The risk increases by the amount of Alcohol consumed. The American Cancer Society recommends that women limit   their amount of alcohol consumption.

OBESITY AND HIGH FAT DIETS
Being obese or o verweight has been found in most studies to increase the risk of developing breast cancer. While the ovaries produce most of the estrogen, fat tissue also produces estrogen, therefore increases the risk of cancer after menopause.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Growing evidence indicates that physical activity in the form of exercise reduces cancer risk.

BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS
Early detection and treatments are the keys to a cure of breast cancer.

TEST FOR BREAST CANCER

Includes Imaging techniques mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Fine needle aspiration biopsy with tissue analysis, ductal lavage and ductoscopy

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BREAST CANCER SCREENING
Monthly breast self examination starting at age 20.
Breast examination by a health care provider every three years starting at age 20.
Annual clinic breast exam at age 40.
Annual screening mammography starting at age 40
Women in high risk group should start at age 30

UTERINE FIBROIDS
Statistic shows almost 80% of all women have uterine fibroids and 1 in 4 ends up with symptoms severe enough to require treatment. Researchers don’t k now the causes of fibroids.
Medical name: Uterine Leiomyomata

Uterine fibroids are the most common, non-cancerous tumors in women of childbearing age.Uterine fibroids are tumors or lumps made of muscle cells and other tissue that grow within the walls of the uterus.

Most fibroids grow; within the walls of the uterus, between the muscle of the uterus, and outside of the uterus.
What are the risk factors for developing uterine fibroids?

Current statistics show that African-American women are three to five times more likely to develop fibroids than women of other racial groups. Women who are overweight or obese have a slightly increased risk of developing uterine fibroids.

SYMPTOM OF UTERINE FIBROIDS
Heavy menstrual bleeding, Prolonged menstrual periods — seven days or more of menstrual bleeding, Pelvic pressure or pain, Frequent urination, Difficulty emptying your bladder, Constipation, Backache or leg pains

TREATMENT
Surgical Procedures that Remove or Neutralize the Fibroids and Keep the Uterus Intact
Uterine Artery Embolization  (UAE)
Drug Therapy alone or in Combination with Surgery
Hysterectomy removal of the uterus

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