This radical surgery may not be for everyone.
Zoraida Sambolin, anchor of CNN's "Early Start," has scheduled surgery for May 28 upon the news of Angelina Jolie's announcement of her double mastectomy this week. She has two children and the BRCA1 gene, which predisposes her to a high risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
Jolie's openness to share her surgery and help create awareness of the options women have when genetic testing has concluded the risk has been one of the most talked about subjects in the news. Sambolin shared on air that Jolie's decision helped her push forward to schedule surgery.
Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?
But, opting out of the risk for breast cancer with a radical surgery is not an option for everyone. Women should not live in fear and worry that they are next on the list for "cancer." There are many lifestyle choices that we make everyday that reduce our risks for these diseases and bring us more joyful living.
Here are the things to keep in mind that increase your risk for breast cancer:
- Being female
- Increasing age
- A personal history of breast cancer
- A family history of breast cancer
- Inherited genes that increase cancer risk: including: BRCA1 and BRCA2
- Radiation exposure
- Beginning your period before age 12
- Beginning menopause after age 55
- Having your first child at or after age 35
- Postmenopausal hormone therapy
- Drinking alcohol