Her husband, Dr Paul Augustine, Head Division of Surgical Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, adds that the risk calculator is convenient, free of cost, takes less than a minute to use, and uses a mathematical model to predict if a woman is at normal, moderate or high risk of breast cancer.
Accordingly, it gives suggestions and recommendations on what needs to be done to detect it early. If a cancer is detected at an early stage, the cure is almost over 90%, he tells.
The Seven Questions You Need to Answer
This tool uses the A-J Model – a mathematical tool developed to calculate a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.
Once you have entered your name and place, the calculator takes you to a short survey asking the following questions:
- What is your age?
- What was the age at which you got your first menstrual period?
- How many children have you given birth to?
- What was your age when delivering your first child?
- Have you breastfed for more than 2 years in total?
- How many breast biopsies have you had?
- How many of your first-degree relatives (mother, sisters, daughters) have had breast cancer?