Is Breast Cancer in Your DNA?

Women's Health, mammography, cancer care, childbirth, pregnancy, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Bon Secours Virginia, osteoporosis, breast cancer, gynecology, ob/gyn, sister, mother, uterine fibroid embolization, urinary incontinence, physical therapy, pelvic pain, pregnancy pain, pelvic floor disorderAbout one in ten cases of breast cancer is hereditary, linked to genes you get from your parents.

And while you can’t change your family, you can take steps to learn about – and reduce – your breast cancer risk. Here’s how:

  1. Share your history. Tell your primary care doctor if your mother, sister, or daughter had breast cancer. You may also choose to get tested for genes that increase your risk.
  2. Get screened. Women with a family history of breast cancer may need to get breast exams and schedule mammograms earlier than other women. Consult with your physician about when you should register for a mammogram.
  3. Exercise regularly. Studies show working out reduces your risk for cancer, even if you’re genetically prone to it.

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