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MANAGE YOUR CANCER RISK

There are concrete steps that you can take to manage your cancer risk.  Cancer screening makes early detection possible; this if often the best way to protect yourself.  For women who test positive for a BRCA gene mutation, certain steps can be taken to reduce the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

STEPS FOR WOMEN

Yearly mammogram (starting at age 40)

Monthly breast self-exam

Yearly breast exam by your  provider

Yearly CA125 blood test (ovary)

STEPS FOR EVERYONE

Yearly test for blood in stool

Colonoscopy every 5 years (starting 50)

STEPS FOR MEN

Yearly clinical prostate exam

Yearly PSA blood test (prostate)

STEPS FOR WOMEN WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR A BRCA GENE MUTATION

Yearly MRI exam of the breasts

Discuss anti-estrogen medications with your doctor

Consider prophylactic surgery to reduce risk (breasts, ovaries)