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„Having my risk factors checked prompted me to change my lifestyle.“

Early detection

In order to detect breast cancer as soon as it starts to develop, we need the best possible diagnostics. Diagnostic procedures may include a combination of medical palpation by a physician, mammography, breast ultrasound or other imaging procedures such as MRI and tissue sampling.

Recommendations of the Swiss Cancer League
For women without any additional risk due to a genetic predisposition, the Swiss Cancer League recommends early detection measures such as a monthly self-examination, an annual gynaecological screening (with breast palpation) starting from the age of 40, a basic mammography between the age of 40 and 50 and mammograms at two-year intervals thereafter. For women with family risks, the examination intervals must be determined individually.

Genetic counselling

Breast cancer is a very common disease. The risk of breast cancer for women in Switzerland is about 13 percent.

In about 90 percent of breast cancers no clear cause can be found. Factors such as hormone therapy, lifestyle, radiation exposure, obesity or diet can play a role to some extent. However, 10 percent of all breast cancers can be clearly explained. The predisposition to the disease was inherited from the parents. If there are many cases of breast cancer in a family across several generations, if the disease occurs at a very young age, or if male family members develop it, a genetic predisposition to breast cancer may be the cause. If breast cancer is genetically determined there are additional cancer risks in other organs on the one hand, and on the other hand close relatives may also have an increased risk.

Genetic counselling involves evaluating whether diagnosis with a genetic test is advisable. If so, the test will be arranged, and then the results and possible consequences will be discussed.

If you would like an appointment for genetic counselling, please contact us by phone or e-mail.
+41 44 533 81 00 |

Dr Katharina Leunig, MD
Specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FMH)

Dr Eliane Sarasin-Ricklin, MD
Specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FMH)

Lifestyle, breast cancer and its course

Our lifestyle is a factor within a complex interplay of many causes involved in the development of breast cancer. However, what sets this factor apart is the possibility to influence your own risk of developing the disease by consciously changing your lifestyle. The sheer number of articles on this topic – also in the tabloid press – testifies to a great interest in this topic. At the same time, the flood of information makes it difficult to distinguish between effective and inappropriate recommendations.

Observation of the sometimes marked geographical differences in the incidence of breast cancer has long suggested a link between lifestyle and disease. This can now be scientifically confirmed. Numerous studies show that a healthy and balanced diet, regular exercise and a normal body weight not only reduce the risk of breast cancer, but also have a positive influence on the course of the disease. A clear link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer has also been demonstrated. This applies less clearly to smoking.

Second Opinion

If you would like an independent second opinion on the proposed therapy concept for breast cancer, we offer you an all-encompassing consultation.

Please contact us to arrange an appointment by phone or e-mail.
+41 44 533 81 00 |

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