Recognize Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Recognize Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Recognize Your Risk for Breast Cancer

The most important thing you can do to prevent breast cancer is to get a yearly mammogram starting at age 40.

It’s important to be proactive about your health. Understanding your risk factors and getting yearly mammograms are the most vital steps for early detection and treatment.

Being a woman is the main risk factor for breast cancer, but did you know there are several other important factors that should be on your radar?

  • Being over age 55

  • Having a close relative who had breast cancer

  • Having a BRCA gene mutation

  • Having dense breast tissue

  • Having your first period before age 12

  • Going through menopause after age 55

  • Taking combined hormone therapy for menopause

  • Using birth control pills in the last 10 years

  • Getting little or no exercise

  • Having your first child over age 30

  • And others

The most important thing you can do to prevent breast cancer is to get a yearly mammogram starting at age 40.

It’s important to be proactive about your health. Understanding your risk factors and getting yearly mammograms are the most vital steps for early detection and treatment.

Being a woman is the main risk factor for breast cancer, but did you know there are several other important factors that should be on your radar?

  • Being over age 55

  • Having a close relative who had breast cancer

  • Having a BRCA gene mutation

  • Having dense breast tissue

  • Having your first period before age 12

  • Going through menopause after age 55

  • Taking combined hormone therapy for menopause

  • Using birth control pills in the last 10 years

  • Getting little or no exercise

  • Having your first child over age 30

  • And others

Request a Mammogram

For those concerned about developing cancer due to multiple risk factors, Baptist Health High Risk Breast and Hereditary Cancer Clinic offers the support you need to make informed decisions promoting early detection and risk reduction.

For those concerned about developing cancer due to multiple risk factors, Baptist Health High Risk Breast and Hereditary Cancer Clinic offers the support you need to make informed decisions promoting early detection and risk reduction.

Other Breast Health Resources

Other Breast Health Resources

For existing Baptist Health patients, download the myBaptist Health app now to schedule your mammogram easily using MyChart!