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Risks & Prevention

Annual mammograms are recommended for women ages 40 and older. At age 35, women should get their baseline screening mammogram. If you have a history of breast cancer or breast cancer risk factors, talk to your doctor about when to start your mammograms. Our hospitals offer a warmer, softer digital mammogram that provides a higher-quality image for earlier detection.

If you have developed breast cancer, Garden Park Medical Center can help improve your quality of life and long term survival through treatment and monitoring.

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If you haven’t been already, chances are great that you will be affected by breast cancer at some point during your life — whether it develops within you, or it develops within someone you know or care about. While both men and women can get breast cancer, the risks are alarmingly high for women:

By age 35 1 in 622
By age 45 1 in 93
By age 55 1 in 33
By age 65 1 in 17
Ever 1 in 8

Source: National Cancer Institute Surveillance Program

While the causes of breast cancer are unknown, researchers have identified a number of factors that increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. These risk factors do not necessarily cause breast cancer, but are associated with an increased chance of getting breast cancer. Importantly, some women have many risks and never develop breast cancer, while some women have few or no risks but do get the disease. It is important to know the risk factors and do what you can to prevent them. Not all risk factors can be prevented. However, for those that can, take the appropriate preventative measures. Self-breast exams and annual mammograms can also help in the fight against breast cancer.

  • Family history of breast, ovarian or prostate cancer
  • Personal history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Getting older
  • Starting menopause after the age of 55
  • Having your first period before the age of 12
  • Having a previous biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia or cancer
  • High bone density
  • Ashkenazi Jewish heritage

The best defense against breast cancer is you.

Women in their 20s should begin monthly self-breast exams. Find information below on performing breast self-exams, or consult your physician.

The chances of beating breast cancer increase when it’s detected early. You can take an active role in early detection and your overall breast health with monthly breast self-examinations. Follow these four steps each and every month for the most effective breast self-exam.

Note: There are three different patterns you can use to feel your breasts, the vertical strip (Figure A), the circle (Figure B) or the wedge method (Figure C). Be sure to use the same method each time you do your breast self exam. It is important to cover the entire breast. Visual diagram