Modifiable Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
- Body weight
- Physical activity
- Alcohol use
- is a known carcinogen (cancer-inducing agent).
- Depends on how much you drink and how often
- Hormone replacement therapy and contraceptives
- Estrogen and progesterones can sometimes increase our risk of breast cancer
- Synthetic hormones can also increase this risk
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Having gone through pregnancy and breastfeeding can actually lower your risk of getting breast cancer. Now, I’m not saying “Go make babies now!”. But, I mean, babies are cute…
- Having a child after the age of 35 may bring about a slight increase of risk, much like not having a child at all (This is just for you, ladies. Men, your breasts don’t care if you have kids or not)
- Radiation exposure
Non- modifiable Risk factors
- Gender and age
- Women have a greater risk than men because of those specialized lobules they have.
- Risk increases as you age
- History of cancer (family or personal)
- Early menstruation/late menopause
- Breast density or conditions
- BRCA gene mutations
Factors that aren’t risk factors
- Deodorants or antiperspirants
- Breast Implants
Now remember, risk factors don’t always lead to the disease but it’s always good to look after yourself! So take care, know your body and stay healthy 🙂
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. 2013. Breast Cancer Risk Factors. CBCF.org. http://www.cbcf.org/central/AboutBreastHealth/PreventionRiskReduction/risk_factors/Pages/default.aspx. November 7, 2013.
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