One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime, and of those, less than 15% are due to family history. Most breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and lifestyle.
There isn't much that can be done about family history or aging, but there are ways you can reduce breast cancer risk. Here are four ways you can help protect yourself, your friends, and your family members.
1. Reduce your estrogen load: The Women’s Health Initiative Study published in 2002 confirmed that taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases our risk of developing invasive breast cancer by 26%. There are supplements that can help alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. Natural, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is another option that helps some safely women address hot flashes, night sweats, and the other symptoms of menopause. Read more