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The Doctor is In: Women, reduce your risk now

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Heart disease, breast cancer and female urology are among the most common health concerns facing women today. On Wednesday, several Henry Ford Hospital physicians will discuss these concerns in-depth and offer expert commentary to help women reduce their health risk.

The panel discussion will begin online around 8:45 a.m. and feature cardiologist Deirdre Mattina, M.D. and radiation oncologist Eleanor Walker, M.D.

Viewers can watch live interviews with the experts at 8:50 a.m. and 9:50 a.m.

Heart disease

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, affecting about 1 in 4.
  • A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States.
  • According to a 2009 American Heart Association survey, only half of women would call 9-1-1 if they thought they were having a heart attack.
  • Men tend to have symptoms of coronary heart disease beginning at 45; while women usually start after 55 - although this is happening sooner as the obesity trend continues.

Breast cancer

  • According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2013 among U.S. women, as well as an estimated 64,640 additional cases of in situ breast cancer.
  • Approximately 39,620 U.S. women were expected to die in 2013 from breast cancer. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.
  • Regular mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt. While mammograms most often detect breast cancer in women ages 50 and older, it's recommended that women at average risk for breast cancer talk with their doctor to determine the age they should begin receiving regular mammograms.
  • Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.
  • The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Although in some families with BRCA1 mutations the lifetime risk of breast cancer is as high as 80%, on average this risk seems to be in the range of 55 to 65%. For BRCA2 mutations the risk is lower, around 45%.
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