Breast Cancer in Women Under age 40 may not be talked about enough, but here is some information on Breast Cancer in Women Under age 40: Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, and the leading cause of death for women ages 40 – 59. Early detection is key to helping women survive. In fact, according to Cleveland Clinic “More than 90 percent of women whose breast cancer is found in an early stage will survive.” [i]
5 percent of all breast cancer cases occur in women under 40 years old, [i] and when it does it’s often harder to detect and more aggressive [ii] than in older women. Assuming that breast cancer only occurs in older women, younger women often ignore the warning signs and delay treatment. By being proactive and adhering to the following tips women of all ages can reduce their risks, and increase the odds of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. Breast Cancer Prevention Tips · High Risk Factors in young women § Family history – If someone in your family has had breast cancer § Genetic Mutation – A certain gene is linked to breast cancer risk (BRCA1, BRCA2) § Radiation Therapy – Too much exposure to radiation can increase risk · Starts with healthy habits[iii] o Limit alcohol intake – have no more than one drink a day o Stay active to help maintain a healthy weight – obesity increases your risk of developing breast cancer, especially after menopause o Breast Feed – The longer you breast feed the less likely you are to develop breast cancer, because breast feeding balances hormones, lowering levels of some cancer related hormones. o Quit smoking · Other risks[iv] o Menstrual Cycle § Early menstruation – Females that start menstruation at 11 or younger are at a higher risk § Late menopause – The longer a woman menstruates the longer her breasts are exposed to estrogen § Late pregnancy or never getting pregnant –During pregnancy your estrogen levels are much lower · It is important to have screenings o Start having regular mammograms at 40 years of age (the standard is 50, but EHE recommends 40 years old) o Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam every 3 years o Breast self exam – know how your breasts look and feel normally so if you detect any changes such as lumps or discolorations you can consult a doctor [v] o MRI – Recommended if… § High inherited risk – could be a better way to find tissue and tumors than a mammogram No Matter what age, if your family history puts you at high risk, or you find signs of breast cancer, you should seek advice from your doctor about screenings and possible treatment. This information was brought to you through Perfect Fit Personal Training by: EHE International’s Advisory Board, the Life Extension Research Institute (LERI)EHE is the oldest preventive care company in the US, dedicated to proactive management of health.