Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Beating the Odds

Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Beating the Odds

Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Beating the Odds

Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer: Beating the Odds

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If you have a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, you undoubtedly realize that your own risk of developing either (or both) of these diseases is higher than normal. In fact, you probably picked up this book because you have been worrying about your elevated risk and wondering if there is anything you can do to protect yourself. You are right to be concerned. If your mother, sister, or other close relatives have had breast or ovarian cancer, your risk is higher than normal. Although heredity is not necessarily destiny, it can alert you to potential danger in plenty of time to take preventive measures. This book will give you the information you need to evaluate your own risks and put them into perspective.

Indeed, beating the odds of getting these diseases means facing up to risks that frighten you. It requires learning about the diseases themselves and assessing what risk factors apply to you and whether or not you can change them. You can do a lot to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer and to minimize the threat it presents should it occur. Ovarian cancer presents more of a challenge, but luckily, it occurs far less often. Still, if you have an affected relative, you need to learn as much as you can about the disease and about the new diagnostic techniques that may help detect it early when chances for a cure are best.

This book will provide you with the latest information about both diseases. The first two chapters will tell you about all of the factors that influence your personal risk.

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