Things that can Put you at Risk of Breast Cancer

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 06, 2014

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Development of cancerous cell in the body is triggered by numerous factors. But, what you need to understand is the fact that the factors increasing your risk of breast cancer are different from those of other women. Have a look.
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    What the Numbers say

    Statistics show that one in every eight women is going to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life. Almost everyone is aware of these figures but, what women usually miss out on is that their risk factors of developing cancer are probably different from other women. So, here are some factors you must take into consideration while assessing your likelihood of suffering from breast cancer.

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    If a woman is overweight or obese, she is at an increased risk of breast cancer by 30 to 60 percent. This happens because fat cells produce estrogen. The more fat your body contains, the more estrogen will be pumped and extra estrogen can cause growth of tumour.

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    Waist Size

    According to a study from the British Medical Journal, one of the most important factors that increase the risk of breast cancer development in a postmenopausal woman is how much her skirt size has gone wider since her twenties.

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    Exercising and staying active can reduce the risk of breast cancer significantly. It boosts anti-inflammation properties of the body and strengthens the immune system. It can also lower the amount of glucose and insulin in the bloodstream, thus reducing the estrogen levels.

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    Drinking Habits

    There are many studies that have shown that consumption of alcohol can increase the risk of breast cancer by manifolds. A research found that drinking in the years between your first period and first pregnancy can increase the risk of disease.

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    Findings of a research suggested that reducing the consumption of red meat and consuming more green and leafy foods can put a break on the growth of cancer cells.

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    Women who have BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer compared with those women who have not inherited these defective genes.

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    Family History

    Having a first degree relative who suffers from breast cancer doubles your chances of being diagnosed with the disease in your lifetime. This happens irrespective of you carrying or not carrying the mutated gene.

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    Environmental Toxins

    Exposure to certain toxins called endocrine disruptors can increase the risk of breast cancer. These are synthetic chemicals that accumulate in fat cells where they can mimic their own natural estrogen, leading to tumour development.

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