Monthly Archives: February 2012

The American Cancer Society bases its annually published breast cancer data on long term breast cancer studies that analyze a population’s risk of being affected by breast cancer. The society uses the term relative risk to describe the studied group’s likelihood of being affected by breast cancer in a specific way. This number is typically judged by its relation to the number 1.0. Any value above 1.0 denotes that the group studied is at a higher risk of developing the specific affliction than a group that does not possess the factor. Any value below 1.0 is considered to signal a protective affect against the disease. Continue reading

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The alarming number of women diagnosed with breast cancer every year leaves many of us wondering what can really be done to prevent it in the future. Every study seems to point to a different carcinogen (cancer causing agent) in our genes, the environment, our makeup, and our food that increases the likelihood that we will develop the disease. Just like every woman warrior’s story contributed to the Pink Ribbon Story Foundation is different, every individual breast cancer risk factor carries a unique set of implications. To elucidate this somewhat murky area of study in the fighting breast cancer, we’re introducing this post as the first in a series on breast cancer risk factors. Continue reading

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