There are some risk factors to getting breast cancer that are inside and outside of your control:
Risk Factors That You Cannot Change:
* Age and gender. The older you are, the greater the risk. Woman are 100 times more likely to get breast cancer than men.
* Family history. Those with close relatives who have had breast, uterine, ovarian, or colon cancer are more likely to come down with the disease themselves. In fact, 20-30% of women with breast cancer have a family history of cancer.
* Genes — Certain gene defects found in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can increase the risk of breast cancer.
* Menstrual cycle — Women who get their periods early (before age 12) or went through menopause late (after age 55) have an increased risk for breast cancer.
Other risk factors for contracting this disease which are in your control include:
* Alcohol use — heavy alcohol consumption may increase your risk for breast cancer.
* Childbirth — Women who have never had children, or alternatively had them after the age of 30 have an increased risk. Also, being pregnant more than once, or getting pregnant or who had them only after age 30 have an increased risk for breast cancer. However, being pregnant more than once or becoming pregnant at an early age can actually reduces the risk.
* Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — Women that have received HRT for several years or more (a therapy used to reduce the symptoms of menopause) are more prone to getting breast cancer.
* Radiation — Radiation therapy in the chest area may increase your risk of getting breast cancer – and the younger you are when you started this radiation therapy, the higher the risk.
There are lots of causes that breast cancer can occur. There is a list of cancer causing materials that is longer than my arm. There is no way to avoid all of them especially since many of them are everywhere in our environment. The best you can do is try to limit your exposure to them as much as you can. Other than that you must be vigilant about your check ups. Both self exams as well as regular Dr. visits. Should you find a problem, don’t wait. See an expert immediately. Remember that with early detection an good medical treatment there is a very strong chance you will be fine. The keys are all here all we need to do is use them to unlock the answers we need to have a healthy life. One other thing that always helps is a happy, healthy, positive outlook on life in general. You would be surprised at what a good attitude can accomplish when dealing with one’s health. It is a tremendous tool.