Q. I have a long family history of Breast Cancer. What other risks for Breast Cancer should I be concerned about?
A. Because Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States with exception to skin cancer, knowing your risks gives you the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of a Breast Cancer diagnosis.
Risk factors include:
• Age: half of all women diagnosed are over age 65
• Weight: being obese or overweight
• Diet & Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity, a diet high in saturated fat, drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day
Q: I've heard that women have different symptoms and are at a higher risk of dying of a heart attack then men. What are the symptoms?
A: In the United States 1 in 4 women will die of heart disease. Coronary heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women yet women often seek medical care later than men because they do not recognize their symptoms as serious or they are not accurately diagnosed by their doctors. Heart disease also tends to develop later in women possibly due to a drop in estrogen levels.