8 Things You Need to Know about Breast Cancer

by | Oct 14, 2015 | Health & News

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!

Pink ribbons abound, awareness of breast cancer is spreading and our knowledge regarding the risk factors associated with developing breast cancer is rapidly expanding.

During my research over the past few weeks, I garnered some facts that I hadn’t really realized before. Here is a list of the top 8 facts that I felt you needed to know.   If any of you would like to share more facts, please do!

8 Things You Need to Know about Breast Cancer:

  1. 80-85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have NO family history.
  2. Heart disease is the #1 Killer in women overall in the U.S. Breast cancer is the #1 cause of cancer death for women 40-59 in the United States.
  3.  Early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 34% decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S. since 1990.
  4.  A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer increases with age. In the U.S., a woman has about at a 12.3%, or 1 in 8 risk, of developing breast cancer in her lifetime (1 in 8 chance by the age of 82.) In the 1970s the lifetime risk was 1 in 11.
  5.  Approximately 5-10% of all breast cancers in women are due to inherited genetic mutations:  (BrCa1/BrCa2).
  6. For each 10 g of alcohol consumed per day, your risk for developing breast cancer increases by 7-12%
  7.  Routine exercise (approximately 2.5 hours/week) reduces your risk of developing breast cancer as well as the risk of recurrence in those diagnosed with breast cancer.
  8.  Research studies are finding many harmful environmental factors increasing the risk of breast cancer. These are known as “hormone disruptors” due to their disruption of the endocrine system. These include many plastics commonly used in consumer products and packaging.
    • Polycarbonate – which leaches out bisphenol A
    • Polystyrene which leaches out styrene
    • Polyvinylchloride (PVC) which breaks down into vinyl chloride and sometimes contain phthalates

avoid plastics

So what can YOU do to prevent your risk of developing breast cancer?

  1. Get screened. Baseline mammogram at age 40, every year after 50. If you don’t believe in mammograms, speak with your doctor about breast ultrasound, MRI or thermograms.
  2. Limit alcohol intake to 1 drink/day ( 5 oz. wine, 12 oz. beer or 1.5 oz. hard liquor)
  3. Exercise – at least 2.5 hrs of cardiovascular activity per week
  4. Diet – eat lots of fruits and vegetables high in carotenoids (think yellow, red and orange!)
  5. Avoid plastics that contain hormone disrupting phthalates, especially PVC, which often has the recycling code of “3”.
  6. Avoid clear shatterproof bottles labeled with the recycling code “7” – may contain toxic BPA.
  7. Keep plastic out of the microwave – instead use glass or ceramic containers for reheating food.
  8. Avoid bottled water when possible – get a water filter and use real glasses to drink from. For the most hydrating form of water, please look into the GIA i-H20 water activation system. www.giawellness.com
  9. Choose BPA free baby bottles and child cups. Look for “BPA free” on label.


In health and happiness,

Dr Diana Hoppe OBGYN in encinitas, CA. signature- hormones, menopause, weight loss, pap smear, total women's health care


  1. https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/KomenEducationalMaterials.html