Breast Cancer Risk Factors

The date is marked on your calendar, booked like clockwork every year: your mammogram.   So, like me, you prepare yourself to get your boobs squashed in the machine, so they can see if you might have a tumor.  You walk out feeling great because you checked that box and it only took a few minutes.  I never asked, and none of my doctors ever mentioned, if I had any risk factors for breast cancer.  I was so concerned about getting back to my next conference call, my job, and my busy life that I always rushed out of my mammogram appointment, without any awareness of my risk of developing breast cancer. I was never informed that I should have had a 3-D mammogram as opposed to a 2-D, or that the fact that I had extremely dense breasts put me at a higher risk.  Nobody, from my gynecologist to my radiologist offerred to inform me either, they were too busy scheduling the next woman for her mammogram.

I had no family history of breast cancer so I truly thought I was in the clear… but did you know that about 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer?

So, let’s slow down and get personal about your breast health! New technology can empower both you and your doctor to learn more about your personal breast health and risk of developing breast cancer. I wish this was available to me years ago, before my diagnosis!

ProFound AI Risk is the world’s first commercially available software that provides an accurate short-term breast cancer risk estimation that is truly personalized for each woman, based only on her mammogram. This technology provides superior insights that enable clinicians to tailor a woman’s breast screening regimen and potentially identify cancers earlier, when they may be more easily treated. ProFound AI Risk uniquely combines a range of risk factors, including age, breast density and subtle mammographic features, to provide a more accurate short-term risk evaluation compared to traditional breast cancer risk models.

Each one of us is unique: our bodies, our breasts, our family history etc. This should all be considered when you are being screened for breast cancer. Your mammogram is unique, just like you – so the next time you get a mammogram, ask if your doctor offers them with ProFound AI Risk, so your breast cancer screening experience can be personalized just for YOU.

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