Although emerging studies indicate that exercise and a healthy diet may reduce one’s risk of breast cancer, some women have an inherited pre-disposition to the disease. They include women who have multiple family members with breast or ovarian cancer, family members who developed breast cancer at an early age or in both breasts, or if there is breast cancer in a male family member.
With preventive strategies now available, risk assessments can help be more pro-active. One risk-assessment program developed by world-renowned Washington University epidemiologist, Graham Colditz, is available to every woman who comes to our Breast Health Center.
There are also reputable online interactive tools patients can use to assess their breast cancer risk. Siteman Cancer Center has one. It can be found at www.yourdiseaserisk.wustl.edu.