i had recieved an email ..regarding with breast cancer i was astound when the first causin' death on women is breast cancer next is lung cancer ,how early could you have a breast cancer?how could it be prevented? Posts: 13 | From: philippines | Registered: Nov 2005
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Generally it doesn't come *that* early. Doctors suggest that women start getting mamograms when they turn 40 (someone correct me if I'm wrong on that). You can check yourself while you're in the shower by checking for unusual lumps and such.
The general rules apply. Things like wearing sunscreen, eating right, and getting plenty of excercise all have anti-cancer benefits and can probably help protect you.
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A lot of breast cancer is genetic. There are two genes (BRCA 1 and 2) that are extremely good predictors of future breast cancer. If it makes you feel any better, Southeast Asians (Pilipinas like you and Thais like me) don't carry the mutated versions of these genes very often. As an ethnic gorup, we get breast cancer far less frequently than white and Japanese women (who have the higest rates of BC in Asia).
Lung and cervical cancers are actually more common cancers that affect more women in Southeast Asia. These are easy to prevent. Don't smoke cigarettes and see your doctor EVERY YEAR for a Pap smear. When you turn 35 you can focus more on BC prevention by getting mammograms every year.
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