Have you ever been suspected of having breast cancer?
You are worried about a lump, an area of thickening, or a dimple in the breast that appears strangely but you can’t tell anybody. However, I have a good news to share with you that often there are no outward signs of breast cancer that you can see or feel. If you have one or more of these signs, it still doesn’t mean you have breast cancer. Remember that most breast lumps turn out to be benign (not cancerous).
In this article, I will give you some important factors help you judge whether you have a breast cancer.
Being overweight is related with increased risk of breast cancer, especially for women after menopause. Why?
Once the ovaries stop producing the hormone, fat tissue becomes the body’s main source of estrogen after menopause. Having more fat tissue means having higher estrogen levels, which can lead to breast cancer risk.
Simply growing older is the second biggest risk factor for breast cancer. From age 30 to 39, the risk is 1 in 228, or .44%. That jumps to 1 in 29, or just under 3.5%, by the time you are in your 60s.
Regularly drinking alcohol
Many studies have shown that the more alcohol a woman drinks, the more breast cancer risk she can get. Alcohol can limit your liver’s ability to control blood levels of the hormone estrogen, which in turn can increase risk.
Family history of breast cancer.
A research has shown that about 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father.
If you have a first-degree relative (mother, daughter, sister) who has had breast cancer, or you have multiple relatives affected by breast or ovarian cancer (especially before they turned age 50), you could be at higher risk of getting breast cancer.
However, about 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
It seems that the way we live and exercise is a significant factor to prevent the risk of breast cancer.
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