Date: 11 October 2017
18 October 2017 (125 days ago)
Mr Avi Agrawal is a Consultant DEAR DOCTOR Breast Surgeon practising at Spire Portsmouth Hospital Q. My friend has recently had a breast cancer scare which has given me a wake up call. Is there . anything I can do to reduce the chances of developing breast cancer? A. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in 1 women in the UK, with 1 in 8 women developing aware of what your breasts look and feel like so ·you know what is normal for you and when you it in their lifetime. It is therefore important to be need to seek help A small number of breast cancers (5%) are caused . by inheritance of a known faulty gene (BRCA1 BRCA2 or TP53) but the majority happen by chance There are a number of risk factors-do not worry Late or no pregnancy Oral contraceptive pill about those you can't control. However there are some lifestyle choices that can be made to .Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) reduce the risk of developing the disease. Your risk is unique and changes as you get older and you have to decide what is right for you at any particular time in your life Risk Factors include: Not being physically active Being overweight or obese I Checking your breasts regularly (usually I once a month), can be helpful in making you confident detecting any unusual changes. Earlier diagnosis of breast cancer will lead to I earlier treatment and better outcomes. Getting older . Being female Family history of breast or ovarian cancer Early onset of menstrual period & late menopause I If you notice any concerning changes, you Smoking Excess alcohol should visit your GP or be reviewed by a breast specialist. Wear a pink ribbon to show your support for breast cancer throughout 0ctober. 02392 456 172 email firstname.lastname@example.org Bartons Rd, Havant PO9 5NP S2 Spire Portsmouth Hospital This article is an advertorial. The content is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.