Risk Factors – Breast Cancer Facts

First, your one-in-eight lifetime chance of developing the disease increases if you ignore the following facts about breast cancer.

  • home_box_1Never had a child, or if your first child was born after your 30th birthday.
  • Went through menopause after the age of fifty.
  • Had your first period before the age of twelve.
  • Were ever on birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.
  • Drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day.
  • Live a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Have a family history of the disease.
  • Are post-menopausal and have gained weight.
  • Are obese.
  • Do shift work.
  • Have ever had breast cancer – if so, your chance of developing a new cancer (not a recurrence) increases by three to four times.
  • Smoke. Cigarette smoking, interestingly, has not been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer, but second hand smoke has . . . go figure. Of course cigarette smoking is linked to lung and several other cancers, as well as heart disease.
  • Are aging – and this is one of the most serious of all risk factors.
  • Ever had an abnormal breast exam.

When it comes to breast cancer, the facts speak for themselves. These facts on breast cancer are important because they are commonalities found among women who have indeed been diagnosed with breast cancer.

If you look through the list of breast cancer facts above and you see just one thing that has occurred in your life, you have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. Most people, however, could look at that list and find several things that have occurred in their lives, which means they are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. How many of those facts about breast cancer can you say yes to?

It’s imperative that if any of those facts on breast cancer are familiar to your life or if you’ve ever had an abnormal breast exam or an abnormal mammogram, you should be more cautious about having testing done to detect breast cancer as early as possible.

Re-opening Safety Protocol Procedures Effective 9/17/2020

In an attempt to practice social distancing we will be limiting the number of patients in our waiting room at one time. Please arrive on time and without additional family members or friends. Our new schedule will be every 45 minutes giving us 30 mins for the exam and 15 minutes to clean up after patient leaves the office.


We are only seeing patients on days and times where the other doctors are out of the office.


If you are not feeling well the day of your appointment please stay home and do not come in. Call 714-363-5595 to cancel and reschedule your appointment. During this time we will not be charging for same day cancellations as long as you let us know in advance.


Prior to Appointment:

  1. Log on to our website at www.ocbreastwellness.com and access our appointment software by clicking SCHEDULE NOW to make sure your credit card information is updated properly in the system. We will not be handling credit cards or cash during your visit. IF you are unable to do this in advance we will have you read your credit card information to us rather than take your card to scan.
  2. Ask Questions prior to your appointment; there will be “minimal talking” during the exam(s). Call in advance if you have concerns or questions.

Upon Arrival:


  1. Come up to the door but do not come in until previous patient has left. A chair will be outside for your convenience.
  2. We will email you via DOCUSIGN your paperwork the day before your appointment.
  3. Bring only yourself, your keys, your cell phone & your credit card into the office. No purses, books, drinks or any other items will be allowed in the office.
  4. Please wear your mask into the office and keep it on at all times during the visit (completely covering your nose and mouth). If you don’t have one we will provide one for you.
  5. We will assess your temperature upon arrival. If your respiration is below 94 you will be sent home.

During Exam:

  1. The examiner will have the proper mask, safety goggles and gloves for protection.
  2. Remember limit talking during the breast exam. We will review your results post exam.
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