Christopher A. Tokin, M.D.
Breast Surgical Oncology
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Hawai'i Pacific Health
We’ve enlisted the help of Dr. Christopher Tokin, who specializes in plastic surgery, breast oncology and reconstruction. He has provided his wealth of knowledge and generosity when discussing breast cancer and The STRENGTH Collection.
How common is breast cancer?
1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. Every 14 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is common, and everyone is either affected by it, will be, or will have a loved one experience it.
What are the risk factors of breast cancer?
The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are age and personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Less important but known risks include early menstruation or late menopause, late pregnancy, hormone replacement after menopause, and breast density. Lifestyle factors include weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption, radiation exposure, and socioeconomic factors.
How can we reduce the risk of breast cancer?
While there are some things we can do to reduce our risk, a lot of risk is related to our genetic makeup.The topics of breast cancer are massive. Risk factors, prevention, treatment, survivorship etc we could go on for days. Take the time to check yourself and get checked by a physician. Women who get mammograms are 20% less likely to die from breast cancer compared to women who do not. Most breast cancer, however, is caught early, thanks to mammograms, and does not affect overall survival. This means that an increasing number of women are living with the stigma of their breast cancer treatment for a long time. Minimizing long term effects of treatment and adjusting for them (with specially designed clothing like the STRENGTH Collection for example) is increasingly important. 30-60 minutes per day of moderate to high intensity physical activity is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer
When should I start getting mammograms?
Most breast specialists encourage starting mammograms at age 40. Knowing your body is the best way to catch breast cancer early.
Where can we donate to raise prevention and awareness?
Keep a Breast
Hawaii Pacific Health (parent organization to Kapiolani, Pali Momi, Straub and Wilcox Hospitals) is a non-profit who really is dedicated to creating a healthier Hawaii. We are really trying to get mobile mammograms to communities that would not otherwise seek out medical care.