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Pure Barre Woodbridge is excited to use their connections in the community to raise awareness of breast cancer.
Did you know that one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? Or that on average, every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States? Or, perhaps most unknown, that men can develop breast cancer?
With these worrying statistics, it’s important to understand your personal risk of developing breast cancer and what you can do to decrease your likelihood. Developing any form of cancer is based on several complex genetic and environmental factors. Genetic components include gender, age, and family history. Environmental components include lack of physical activity, poor diet, and frequent alcohol consumption. Keeping healthy is a way to decrease your risk of developing breast cancer, but some people develop breast cancer without ever showing some of the risk factors.
There are some genetic testing options available to get a more comprehensive understanding of your personal risk factors. These tests look for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. You may want to consider genetic testing if you have a closely affected family member, the number of family members affected, or if your doctor recommends it.
Aside from genetic testing, regular mammograms are the best tests to help doctors diagnose the early stages of breast cancer. Talk with your doctor about mammograms and when you should start getting them. Mammograms use x-ray to look for irregularities in the tissue before a lump develops and can be found in self-examination. Speaking of which, self-examination is a great habit to build early in life. Here is a great resource about the process of breast self-examination.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer, there are places to turn for support. Sentara operates an online support group through Facebook, and the American Cancer Society connects people facing breast cancer with one another via their ACS Reach to Recovery program.
Above all else, know that the staff of Pure Barre Woodbridge is here to support you. Feel free to call 703-904-6322.