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Risks associated with the development of breast cancer, in women include (American Cancer Society,2012):Not having children or having a first child later in life (i.e., 30s and 40s)
Reaching menarche at an early ageBeginning menopause at a late ageHaving a personal history of breast diseasesHaving close family relatives (mother, sister, father, daughter) who have had breast cancerHaving a genetic condition or genetic mutations that can lead to breast cancerHaving been treated with radiation therapy to the chest area or breastsBeing overweight, particularly after menopauseUsing hormone replacement therapy for an extended timeUsing oral contraceptives recentlyDrinking alcoholBeing age 65 or olderPage 167HEALTHYSexualityWhat Does Orgasm Have to Do With It?
This type of research suggests that there is a critical connection between our attitudes about our ownsexual bodies and good sexual health. We know that the mind and body are inextricably linked to sex.When we feel that our bodies are beautiful, we take pleasure in them and are motivated to take care ofthem.Our culture today often portrays women's genitals as dirty and in need of constant cleaning and grooming(e.g., the popularity of shaving or waxing pubic hair). These negative messages can have a large impacton how women feel about their own bodies. People who have had negative experiences withrelationships and difficulty reaching orgasm tend to have more health problems and lower sexual well-being (Laumann, Paik, & Rosen, 1999). Changing our culture's sex-negative views into positivemessages can help women of all ages take pride in their bodies (Tolman, 2006).As numerous as these risk factors are, women can lessen the chances of getting breast cancer bymaintaining a healthy weight, avoiding the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and limitingalcohol consumption. Also, every woman should conduct a monthly breast self-exam. These exams oughtto be considered a regular part of how they maintain their sexual body. (Refer to Chapter 4 to learn howto perform breast self-exams.) In addition to performing self-exams, it is important to receive regularmedical checkups.Page 168Every woman should become familiar with her own breasts so she can readily notice even slight changes.Most women commonly experience lumpy breasts, particularly around their menstrual period. If a lumpdoesn't disappear or if it feels abnormal, the woman should consult a physician. When breast cancerstarts, it is often too small to feel and may not cause any noticeable signs or symptoms. As the cancer

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