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Who is at Risk for Developing Breast Cancer?

One of the most common misconceptions about breast cancer is that 100% of individuals with this disease are women.

Although most breast cancers are in women over the age of 50, men are also at risk for developing breast cancer. The topic may seem taboo and uncommon but self-exams can help men catch any lumps, bumps or irregularities in their breasts.

What Are Some Risk Factors?

There are several risk factors that can increase the chances an individual will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. The following risk factors range between preventable measures and genetic makeup that is inevitable. Risk factors include but are not limited to:

  • Family history and genetic mutations. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that can live in your body and can increase the chances you will develop breast cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.
  • Aging can cause your body to undo many changes. Since most forms of breast cancer are found in women over the age of 50, aging can be a catalyst of breast cancer.
  • Being a late bloomer when it comes to pregnancy or menopause. If you have a child at a later age in life or you are older than the average woman when you go through menopause, your hormones may cause you to have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
  • If you have been on an oral contraceptive for several years. Certain oral contraceptives have been linked to developing breast cancer.
  • Drinking alcohol and smoking increases the chances of an individual developing breast cancer.
  • Having natural dense breasts can increase chances of developing breast cancer, as they will have more connective tissue than fatty tissue.

It is advised to speak with your doctor regarding specific risks of developing breast cancer. Your medical professional will be able to asses your risk factors based on your lifestyle and daily activity.

How Can You Reduce Your Risks?

It is advised to speak with your medical professional regarding the risks that you have to develop breast cancer, as they can vary from person to person based on lifestyle choices. However, there are general guidelines you can use to live a healthier and happier life, while reducing the risk of developing breast cancer. These include but are not limited to:

  • Look into genetic testing if breast cancer runs in your family. Whether you are male or female, it is important to inquire about your family history. If you qualify for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic testing, it is advised you speak with a medical professional to acquire the test.
  • Keep your weight in check. Maintaining a healthy weight can keep you healthy and decrease your chances of developing illness or disease, including breast cancer.
  • Get physical! By staying physically active, the risk of developing a disease or illness is decreased. It is important to speak to your doctor before participating in exercise and to learn the proper form and technique of the exercises before executing them.
  • Eat a balanced diet. It is advised that you eat the proper nutrients your body needs in order to be fueled and thrive. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and limiting the amount of processed food you eat will keep your body healthy and ward off disease and illnesses.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol in excess. It is important that all aspects of your life, beyond diet and exercise, reflect a healthy and balanced mindset. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol in excess to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
  • One of the most important things an individual can do to fight of the risk of developing breast cancer is to visit the doctor regularly. This includes your general practitioner, your gynecologist, your dentist, etc. Your mammograms, physicals and yearly exams are an imperative part of keeping yourself healthy.

 

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
I LOVE BEING ON CALL THRU THE WEEK MAKE MORE MONEY, WORK WHEN YOU WANT. LOVE LOVE LOVE 24 HR AND ALL THE STAFFERS THERE THE BEST.
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

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The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry's best caretakers so that they have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our caregivers through nationwide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one's home and well-being with our company, and we take that very seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, but we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!

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