Ten Risk Factors of Epidemic Breast Cancer

vpaulose By vpaulose, 11th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Breast cancer has become a great challenge to the technological world. Yet, many people are not aware of the risk factors of breast cancer and take necessary steps to prevent or treat the disease.

The great challenge of breast cancer

It is a well known fact that breast cancer is increasing epidemically in the modern days. In spite of every endeavor by governments as well as NGOs, the fatal disease is on the increase every day. It has become a great challenge to the technological world. Yet, many people are not aware of the risk factors of breast cancer and take necessary steps to prevent or treat the disease.

There are many factors for the risk of breast cancer. The risk factors of the disease are multiple and complicated. Many women who are supposed to have the risk live free of this disease. But many who have no established risk factors are suffering from this disease. That is the baffling mystery of breast cancer.

Ten established risk factors of breast cancer

1) Gender factor is the main
Although men are affected by breast cancer, it is women who are affected hundred times more than men. It is because women are more exposed to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone which are responsible to promote breast cancer cell growth. This factor is relatively uncommon in men.

2) Family history
Having cancer affected relatives in the first grade has more chances of breast cancer risk. Women with a family history of breast cancer in her father or sibling will have an increased risk.

3) Genetic factor
Genetic factor is another important risk. An inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes is commonly found to be the cause of hereditary breast cancer. Normally, these genes help prevent cancer by making proteins that keep the cells from growing abnormally as cancer growth.

4) Risk increases on aging
As a women advances in age, her risk for breast cancer also increases. A lump found in a teenager can be benign, but when such a lump is found is an aged women it is likely to be cancer.

5) Race factor
This factor of ethnicity is generally found in white women. They are more affected in the US than the African-American women. This can be seen in Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women who have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.

6) Menstrual cycle factors
If women start their menstrual cycle before the age of 12 or have menopause after 55, they have slightly higher risk than others. It may be related to a higher lifetime exposure to the hormone estrogen or progesterone.

7) Child delivery factor
Women who have no issue of children have higher risk. This factor also refers to women who had their first child after the age of 35.

8) Breast feeding
Breast feeding has some association with cancer risk factor. Women who have a prolonged period of feeding their children are more protected.

9) Contraceptive risk factor
Nowadays usage of oral contraceptives is prevalent among women , increasing the risk of cancer growth.

10) Pre-menopausal therapy
Some women have to take therapies for their disorders. Such therapies combines with hormone therapy of estrogen, etc. increase the risk of breast cancer risk.

Breast cancer has become a very common issue today. Modern lifestyle changes and diet have great impact in increasing the risk factors. Women should be aware of these factors and try to take steps for a healthy life.


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author avatar Songbird B
12th May 2013 (#)

Having lost my own mother through breast cancer, this caught my eye immediately Paul.. She was quite a heavy smoker which certainly wouldn't have helped. Here's to a future when they will know so much more about how to eradicate this dreadful disease once and for all. An informative article my friend. \0/x

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author avatar vpaulose
12th May 2013 (#)

Thank you dear sister.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th May 2013 (#)

Very good informative, thank you vpaulose...

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