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Breast Cancer Prevention

Knowing your risk level and protecting yourself

Many women become uncomfortable with the issue of breast cancer. It may have touched our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, neighbors, friends and possibly even us. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Not surprisingly, it is a disease that has become personal to each of us in some way.

Those statistics, however, are not meant to scare, but motivate, because women are not powerless against breast cancer. Those numbers can potentially decline if we all learn as much as we can about breast cancer and its prevention and then act on these prevention measures to guard against the disease.

Factors that determine a women's risk of developing breast cancer include:
Call St. Luke's Breast Care Center or talk to your doctor about your risk level for developing breast cancer. Talking to a physician about breast cancer early is critical in its prevention, in addition to following the general preventive guidelines below: St. Luke's Breast Care Center provides comprehensive breast care for women including mammography, ultrasound and biopsy services, board-certified surgeons who specialize in breast care, oncology support counseling, educational materials on breast care and self-exams, and research into new treatments and prevention measures for breast cancer.

For more information, please call 314-205-6491.