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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Henry Ford Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Henry Ford Cancer Institute. All opinions are 100% mine.

1 in 8 women get breast cancer in their lifetime. Your risk is much greater if a close relative has a history of breast or ovarian cancer. But breast cancer can, of course, still hit anyone at any time. It is a very scary thought, but the Henry Ford Cancer Institute is here to make it a little easier on you, by offering a free Breast Cancer Risk Assessment to help you determine if you're at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Visit: Breast Cancer Risk Assessment to take the assessment and get results immediately.
I did the assessment, it was super simple. Asked me questions about my age, fitness level, diet and health habits. Then asked me about my family cancer history. Now because I'm only 29, it didn't give me a 5 year or lifetime risk result, but for women between ages 35 and 85 it can give you the 5 year risk result. But based on my lifestyle and family history (none) it came back as being at an average risk of breast cancer. The assessment can be downloaded so you can share with your doctor.

This tool can be absolutely wonderful for women who don't know their risk, and it can really help you determine what that risk may be so you can seek a doctor to help you with the results. Like everything else this isn't 100%, it is there as a guide, a tool, to helping you determine your risk. ALWAYS seek a medical professionals help if you think anything is wrong. This assessment is not here to replace doctors.

I do have cancer in my family on my mother's side, but it wasn't breast or ovarian, so I'm not at a higher risk. My grandma had stomach cancer, she had 2/3 of her stomach removed and was in remission. 2.5 years later she was diagnosed with cancer of the tailbone, it spread SO fast and took over most of her body. She was in hospice for a few weeks when she passed away. We believe she had brain cancer or a tumor as well as she had a huge growth on her skull by the end. I was just 11 years old and it was a very tough experience for me. A very young age to witness something so dark. Because of that, I'm at a higher risk of cancer in general and it does scare me. But I don't specifically have a higher risk for breast or ovarian cancers.

The Henry Ford Cancer Institute features specially trained radiologists who read all imaging results and has the most advanced technologies available to detect and diagnose breast cancer. They also are one of America's best breast cancer programs.

The Henry Ford Cancer Institute offers mammography locations throughout Southeast and South Central Michigan with convenient hours to suit your needs. Visit here to schedule your mammogram today!

Follow Henry Ford on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, to gather more information about breast health.

Here are some helpful links so you can learn more about Breast Cancer. Henry Ford Mammography and Breast Screening, When to Get a Mammogram, How to Prepare Mentally & Physically for a Mammogram, Understanding Your Breast Cancer Risk & What You Can Do About It.