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Although the exact causes of breast cancer have yet to be identified, the risk increases gradually with age and for certain people there may be a family hereditary (genetic) component.
- Doctors know that 1 in 10 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.
- Three-quarters of women who develop it do so after the menopause.
- Some other things are known to increase the risk such as early puberty/late menopause, not having children or having a first child after the age of 30 years.
- The risk can actually be lower if you have a short menstrual life, large family or first child before age 18 years.
How serious is Breast Cancer?Breast cancer is potentially a very serious condition and can be life-threatening.
- Early detection of breast cancer is therefore vital as it increases the chances of successful treatment.
- Community screening programmes and mammograms are key to early detection and are integral tools in the fight against breast cancer.
- Self-examination is also important and women should check their breasts regularly. If there are any changes in size or shape, lumps, tenderness or nipple discharge then a healthcare professional should be consulted.
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