Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases in women around the world. That is why knowledge about the disease and timely diagnosis reduces considerably the number of deaths caused by this disease.
Breast cancer affects more White women more than Hispanic women but the latter are more frequently diagnosed in advanced stages. Genetics plays a role in 7 to 10 percent of cases; other conditions may increase the risk of developing the disease such as having your first menstruation before age 12, having your last period after age 55, prior breast biopsy, previous radiation treatment, dense breast tissue, use of alcohol, obesity after menopause, not having had children, use of hormone therapy, use of oral contraceptives and smoking.
The practice of breast self-examination and clinical breast examinations starting at 18 years of age and mammography starting at 40 years is critical for early detection. Women can actively participate in the early detection of breast cancer, learning to know your breasts and notifying your provider of any changes in a timely manner. Early diagnosis does save lives and improves prognosis of this disease.
Clínica Tepeyac offers low-cost screening and breast health education in the Latina community. For more information, call us at 720-274-2919.