Breast Cancer – Is it in the Genes?

What is the leading factor in the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer?

The short answer…genetics!

If a woman has a history of breast cancer or there is a strong history of breast disease in her family then it is advisable to consider genetic evaluation to see if you carry the flawed gene. The test consists of a simple blood test.

Although there is testing available to determine whether or not you carry this flawed gene , this test I by no means definitive with any degree of precision that you will get breast cancer.Carrying this flawed gene only indicates that you may have a greater risk than if you did not have it.

Do Lumps in Your Breast Always Equal Breast Cancer?

Finding a lump in your breast a scary experience for any woman indeed. The good news is, although a lump in your breast could mean cancer the facts show that most breast are not cancerous. Most oncologists will tell you that the only thing worse than finding cancerous lumps in your breast is not finding them! Early detection is so important to treating and curing breast cancer.

Here are a few facts about breast lumps…

A woman’s breasts are more likely to feel lumpy between the ages of 30 and 50. A whopping 60% of woman under the age of 50 report that they have lumpy breast.

Cancerous lumps are most often very hard and are difficult to move when pushed on.

Still don’t jump to any conclusions have a doctor check out these and all breast lumps just to be safe.Other conditions that can cause breast lumps are…

Breast Cysts. These cysts are a fluid filed sack. Cysts may feel hard but are easy to move when pushed on.

Fibroadenomas.This condition causes rubbery feeling lumps that can be moved around pretty easily.

Any woman can make a few simple lifestyle changes to help prevent breast cancer such as…

Exercise at least 4 times per week, limit your alcohol intake and control your weight. These simple things can have a big impact on your health and happiness.