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By Joseph Furlin, MD
Breast cancer seems like something other people get, until it happens to someone you know (or yourself).
While the overall risk for breast cancer among women in the United States is 13 percent, or 1 in 8, it can occur in people who don’t even have risk factors for the disease.
Two main risk factors for breast cancer are universal: being a woman and getting older.
Other risk factors women can’t control include a family history of breast cancer, having dense breasts, and having inherited mutations to genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
But there are some things people can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer, including:
Some women avoid mammograms, for various reasons. But in the long run, yearly mammograms are one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from breast cancer.
With hundreds of board-certified physicians to choose from, you’re likely to find the perfect doctor for you close by. Find a doctor at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Learn more about breast healthor schedule your screening mammogram today.
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