I’ve heard only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.

Girls night out breast cancer

It’s Girls Night Out at the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health.

Tuesdays, October 11 and 25
5 to 7 pm

Bring your friends and join us for an evening out to get mammograms, osteoporosis heel scans, and relax with massage, Reiki, refreshments, giveaways, and more!

Free mammograms available for uninsured and underinsured women.

Register by calling 570-522-4206.

The truth:

A family history of breast cancer does increase the likelihood that you will develop it yourself, but most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. Only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history.

  • If you have a first degree relative with breast cancer:
    If you have a mother, daughter, or sister who developed breast cancer below the age of 50, you should consider some form of regular diagnostic breast imaging starting 10 years before the age of your relative’s diagnosis.
  • If you have a second degree relative with breast cancer:
    If you have had a grandmother or aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk increases slightly, but it is not in the same risk category as those who have a first degree relative with breast cancer.
  • If you have multiple generations diagnosed with breast cancer on the same side of the family, or if there are several individuals who are first degree relatives to one another, or several family members diagnosed under age 50, the probability increases that there is a breast cancer gene contributing to the cause of this familial history.

Learn more about services available at the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health, including genetic testing and the high risk clinic.

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