Breast cancer, known to be mainly caused due to genetic factors is now mainly turned out to be a lifestyle disease, according to director Dr Rajan Badwe of Tata Memorial Centre.
Women who are overweight, have their first child later or don’t breastfeed their child long enough are at increased risk of breast cancer.
In the last couple number of years, breast cancer (also known as urban malaise) has spread in number and is also percolating to poor section and younger women. The number of cases has blown from 1,500 to 3,800 in the last five years. Cases of breast cancer in Indian women are larger than ever. Experts are of view that this increase is mainly due to lifestyle.
Age profile of breast cancer patients in Indian women would be 40 to 55 years however, in west the effected age group would be 55 to 70.
According to a study of 187 nations conducted by the Washington University's Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, in developing countries young women are largely dying of breast cancer and India is not the exception.
Factors that lead to breast cancer
Wrong lifestyle choices and biological characteristics are main contributing factor for breast cancer. Biological characteristics encoded in DNA cannot be controlled or changed but informed lifestyle choices can surely prevent the disease.
A worrisome socio-economical trend was found out in a recent survey carried out by the Breast Cancer Foundation of India. Survey included 1,000 women, results revealed that it is not only the carrier women that don’t breast feed their babies for more than two months but their nannies appointed by working women also mimic this behaviour. They leave their babies on packaged milk foodstuff to get back on duty. It is for reason that number of breast cancer patients are increasing in urban poor class as well. Even though, this survey was conducted in Mumbai but other metros such as Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore also have same situation.
- Body weight: Overweight and obese women are at increased risk of breast cancer. To minimise the risk of breast cancer one must maintain a healthy weight. Eat healthy and exercise at least four hours on weekly basis. Exercise help to control estrogen level, that fuels the tumour growth.
- Diet: Nutritious diet is the key for healthy living. Fat triggers estrogen and finally the tumour. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol also increase estrogen level and make breast cells cancerous.
From October 19 to 24 you can get a free preliminary breast examination done at below mentioned hospitals:
- Shanti Mukund- Karkardoma.
- Dharamshila- Vasundra Enclave.
- Rajiv Gandhi Inst.- Sector 5, Rohini.
- Action Center- Paschim Vihar.
- Indraprastha Apollo- Sarita Vihar.
- Batra- Mehrauli, Badarpur Rd.
- Asian Institute- Faridabad.
- Paras- Sushant Lok, Gurgaon.