21 November 2012

How Do You Get Breast Cancer?

Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer! So, it is important to know the risks and stay up to date on the treatments. Some of the risk factors you cannot change are, age & gender, family history, genes and menstrual cycle.

I will elaborate more:

Age & Gender: Woman over the age of 50 are more likely to get advanced breast cancer. Woman are 100 times more likely to get it than men.

Family History: Roughly 20-30% of woman with breast cancer have a family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer.

Genes: Some gene defects make it more likely for you to develop breast cancer. Two of the most common gene defects are found in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Normally these genes produce proteins that protect your from cancer, so you can see why a defect can cause problems. One of these defects gives a woman up to an 80% chance of developing breast cancer within their lifetime.

Menstrual cycle: Getting your period before the age of 12 or going through menopause late can increase your risk for breast cancer.

There are other risk factors like radiation, alcohol use, taking DES (to prevent miscarriage), obesity and hormone replacement therapy. Also, if you have never had a child or only had one after the age of 30, you have an increased risk. Having children at an early age is healthier and safer.

What are the treatments?

Depending on the diagnosis and stage of the cancer, there is chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or surgery.

At cureLauncher, Dr. Lee Roy Morgan is working on a new drug to treat breast cancer even if it has spread elsewhere. It is a new chemotherapy drug called, DM-CHOC-PEN, that is showing encouraging results! They are looking for financial help to fund their next clinical trial. Find out more at www.cureLauncher.com.