One of the most meaningful things you can do for your senior in your role as their family caregiver is to help them protect and maintain their health as they age in place. An important part of this is recognizing the risk factors they face. Understanding individual risk factors for diseases such as breast cancer enables you to not only take steps to help reduce that risk, but also to better recognize when these health issues may occur so your senior can get the care they need as quickly as possible.
Some factors that put your aging parent at increased risk for breast cancer include:
- Being over the age of 50. More cases of the disease are diagnosed at this time, and the risk continues to increase with age
- Having certain genetic mutations
- Starting menopause after the age of 55
- Personal history of breast cancer
- Family history of breast cancer
- Prior history of radiation therapy
- Living an inactive lifestyle
- Being overweight, particularly after menopause
- Having a first pregnancy after the age of 30
- Not having a personal history of breastfeeding
- Never having carried a full-term pregnancy
- Consuming alcohol
If you are concerned about your senior’s risk for breast cancer, don’t hesitate to talk to their doctor. This doctor can make recommendations as to the types of breast cancer screenings and tests, including mammograms, that would be appropriate for your parent. Your senior can then make a decision as to whether this type of screening is right for them. It is important to remember that there’s a common misconception that those who do not have a family history of breast cancer are at low risk for developing the disease. The truth is, while having a family member with the disease doubles the risk, the vast majority of people who develop breast cancer do not have a parent, grandparent, sibling, or child who have been diagnosed.
Fighting cancer is a major shift, but that doesn’t mean your senior can’t continue to enjoy a meaningful and fulfilling quality of life. Whether your senior has decided to take an aggressive approach to their cancer, and undergo extensive treatment, or have chosen to forgo treatment and instead focus on management and enjoying life, an elder care provider can be a beneficial addition to their care approach. The customized services of an elderly home care services provider can help your aging parent not only manage their symptoms and challenges, but continue to find meaning, activity, and enjoyment in their later years. This can help them to maintain as much help as they can, and also enjoy a higher quality of life.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN GLENDALE, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.