Women often want to know what factors contribute to developing breast cancer so they can avoid them or understand why they have breast cancer. However, while certain factors like breast density or Hormone Replacement Therapy are thought to potentially lead to breast cancer, there are plenty of people with these risk factors who do not have cancer, or people who do not have these risk factors that do develop breast cancer.
As a breast cancer survivor, you may have heard of “tumor markers.” What exactly are tumor markers? How accurate are they? And why do some doctors disregard them, while others set great store by them? Q. At my last appointment, my oncologist mentioned tumor markers, and I didn’t know what he was talking about.…