Certain lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of breast cancer

Grant Boone
October 21, 2018

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and each year health professionals in the United States rally to bring awareness to an global health issue that affects both women and men. BCN provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic follow-up throughout the state.

"So many of our people in the community are affected by breast cancer that thousands come to support their friends and family", event organizer Amy Morris said.

"Most cases of breast cancer are not caused by inherited genetic factors", the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with 12.4 percent of women developing breast cancer in their lifetime.

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The walk marks the start of Asda Watford's Tickled Pink charity drive, which will raise funds for Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, as part of the supermarket's campaign throughout October.

"You don't get told to get a mammogram until you're at least 40, so the risk for breast cancer is typically low when you're young", Eberts said.

"Regular breast cancer screening can catch a cancer early, when it is most treatable", said Dr. Virginie Daguise, MSPH, Director of DHEC's Bureau of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. "So I think making college students aware of the signs and symptoms of early breast cancer is really important". "Being respectful and aware of that is important". Beyond BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, which are mutations of a gene that suppresses tumors in women, Cancer Research UK explains that there are rarer mutations in genes known as TP53, PTEN, PALB2 and a range of genes called SNPs, all of which are linked to higher rates of breast cancer. In the future, Pejsa said she hopes they can have a whole week dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness. A clinical breast exam may be recommended more frequently if they have a strong family history of breast cancer.

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