Meredith Holt is a Forum features reporter who writes a twice-monthly column on body image, weight loss (and gain), health and fitness. Her topics of interest include mental health, relationships and women's issues. She also does page design and copy editing, which she did for six years prior to joining the features staff in March 2012.
FARGO -- Rumors, myths and conflicting evidence can make understanding breast cancer risk confusing. A panel of Sanford medical professionals addressed some of the most common concerns about breast cancer, many of them untrue or inconclusive, at the health system's "Embracing Life" Breast Cancer Survivors Retreat earlier this month. Dr. Michael Bouton, a breast cancer surgeon on the panel, prefaced one of his answers with the reminder that the biggest risk factor for breast cancer is being a woman. Other known risk factors include age, genetics and family history.