BLOG: Breast Health and Risk

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death among women.  Monthly self-breast exams and annual clinical exams are so important for early detection and treatment measures.  
Know your risk for developing breast cancer:
Risk increases as you get older and half of all breast cancers are diagnosed in women over age 60
A woman is 200 times more likely to develop breast cancer than a man
Being overweight or obese increases breast cancer risk
About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they result directly from gene defects inherited from a parent
Family History
Risk is higher in women whose close blood relatives have this disease.  However, less than 15% of women with breast cancer have family with this disease
Mountainside Breast Care, part of Mountainside Medical Group is accepting patients.  To learn more, click here.
Michelle O’Shea, M.D. is a breast surgeon with Mountainside Medical Group.


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