Breast Cancer Causes
Unfortunately no one truly knows breast cancer causes. Breast cancer causes are not fully understood and they are still being researched. What is known about breast cancer causes is that it is very unlikely that a very young woman will develop breast cancer, yet the risk of developing breast cancer increases as a girl ages. We also know that more than half of breast cancer occurs in older women, or women who are more than 65 years of age. So, it does appear that age plays a major role in breast cancer causes.
Here are some breast cancer causes that are currently being investigated:
It is thought that one in ten women will develop breast cancer by inheriting faulty genes. There have been two genes identified as breast cancer genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2. These two genes are breast cancer causes and it is thought that more cancer causing genes will be found in the future.
You should make sure you do regular self breast examinations. You should get your first mammogram at the age of 35 and have one every two years after the age of 40. Once a woman is 50 years of age she should have a mammogram annually. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family you should start receiving mammograms even earlier. Mammography can catch breast cancer in its earliest stages and since its implementation it has reduced the mortality rate of breast cancer by 20 to 30 %.
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