18. What we inherit from our parents can increase our health risks.
One of the things we can’t change is who our parents are, but that can mean an increased risk of specific cancer types. The most common cancer associated with inherited gene mutations is breast cancer, which develops from the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These gene mutations can also increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women and pancreatic and prostate cancers.
While you can’t prevent these inherited gene mutations, knowledge is the key. Make sure to study your family history for increased breast, ovarian, and other cancers. Check yourself regularly, both through self-screening and the appropriate procedures at your doctor. Taking preventative measures early and often can reduce your risk of developing these cancers.