Top Breast Cancer Causes

Cancer starts from an uncontrollable growth of cells that develop into a tumor. Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast then if not detected, will invade surrounding tissue. The first symptom is typically a painless lump which often goes undetected in a clinical exam and explains the importance of mammograms.

Top Breast Cancer Causes

Doctors can’t identify specific causes of breast cancer, but there are certain risk factors which increase the possibility of developing the disease. Some risk factors are unavoidable, such as aging, but others can be eliminated or altered to minimize the risk.

Some of the top breast cancer causes include:

  • Aging
  • Gender
  • Genetics
  • Overweight
  • Family history
  • Density of breast tissue
  • Race and ethnicity

Presence of these factors doesn’t mean you will get breast cancer, it just means a possibility of developing it exists. If you have more than one risk factor, you should consult with your doctor and begin preventive screening at a younger age and see your doctor regularly. If one of your risk factors is controllable, such as overweight or inactivity, then these are things you can change. Begin a weight loss plan or exercise routine. However, consult with your doctor before you begin either of these.

Dr. Sant Chawla, Director of the Cancer Center of Southern California, is renowned for his innovative drug therapeutics for cancer including breast cancer, and he stresses the importance of healthy lifestyle choices to minimize cancer risk.

If you are post-menopausal and taking hormone replacement therapy, check with your doctor about any risks associated with your prescription. A change in medication might be helpful.

Practice Prevention

A healthy diet and active lifestyle remain the best medicine against any disease. Knowing your breast cancer risk factors can also help you devise a prevention plan that’s best for you.

Begin by consulting with your doctor to discuss your general health, cancer screening, and risk factors. If you are in a high risk group for breast cancer, your doctor will discuss ways you can minimize risk. You might need to begin screening at a younger age or have more frequent screenings. Your doctor could prescribe medication for you. Some women who have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer or have a family history of breast cancer often choose surgery as a way to avoid developing the disease.

Our Specialists Can Help You

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have questions regarding treatment, contact the Cancer Center in Santa Monica. Our doctors are internationally known for their expertise in some of the most advanced drug therapeutics. Call today at 310-552-9999 to schedule a consultation.

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