Many people may be familiar with the efforts of promoting breast cancer awareness during its commemorative month, however, a lesser-explored aspect of the disease is its effect on reproductive health and vice-versa, our reproductive history may give us hints of risk factors that influence the propensity to develop this type of cancer, let’s keep in mind that even though women are statistically most propense, this disease affects both women and men.
There are several propensity factors for developing breast cancer, both controllable and uncontrollable:
Prolactin is a hormone produced by both men and women, it is associated with the development breast growth and lactation, however new studies have suggested that there is a relationship between prolactin production and the development of breast cancer.
At Ingenes, part of the evaluations of the reproductive health of our patients includes a measurement of prolactin levels, that serves as an important fertility indicator. Keeping in mind that this hormone alone cannot provide a final diagnosis, but it provides relevant information to understand the state of the ovarian reserves.
It is important to know that chemotherapy is a common cause of infertility, so it is not uncommon to encounter cancer patients and survivors who wish to learn more about the various treatment and fertility options available.
Performing routine self-examinations is a recommendable habit, according to the self-examination manuals created by the Mexican Institute of Social Security, these should be carried out 7 days after menstruation, it is important to create a routine and become acquainted with our bodies in order to identify any abnormalities in a timely manner, in addition to this, it is advisable to start an annual breast cancer screening by mastography at 40 years of age, however, if there is a family history of breast cancer, it is advisable to begin screening at 30 years of age.
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