Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Can’t Control

Gender.  Being a woman is the most significant risk factor for developing breast cancer.  Although men can get breast cancer, too, women's breast cells are constantly changing and growing, mainly due to the activity of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone,  This activity puts them at must greater risk for breast cancer.  Age.  Simply growing

More Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Can Control

Exposure to estrogen.  Because the female hormone estrogen stimulates breast cancer growth, exposure to estrogen over long periods of time, without any breaks, can increase the risk of breast cancer.  Some of these risk factors are under your control, such as: taking combined hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progesterone; HRT) for several years or more, or

Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Can Control

Exercise.  Evidence is growing that exercise can reduce breast cancer risk.  The American Cancer Society recommends engaging in 45-60 minutes of physical exercise 5 or more days a week.  Alcohol consumption.  Studies have shown that breast cancer risk increases with amount of alcohol a woman drinks.  Alcohol can limit your liver's ability to control blood

Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Can Control From Dietitians

Keep your body weight in a healthy range for your height and frame. Body mass index, though not a perfect measurement, can help you estimate your healthy weight.  Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit (more than 5 cups a day).  Try to limit your saturated fat intake to less than 10% of your total calories

Breast Cancer: Risk Factors You Can Control

Weight.  Being overweight is associated with increased risk of breast cancer, especially for women after menopause.  Fat tissue is the body's main source of estrogen after menopause, when the ovaries stop producing the hormone.  Having more fat tissue means having higher estrogen levels, which can increase breast cancer risk.  Diet.  Studies are looking at the

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

A "risk factor" is anything that increases your risk of developing breast cancer.  Many of the most important risk factors for breast cancer are beyond your control, such as age, family history, and medical history.  However, there are some risk factors you can control, such as weight, physical activity, and alcohol consumption.  Be sure to

MBC Partnering with Your Doctor

Treatment decisions should be a team effort between you and your doctor.  Asking the right questions will help you manage and determine the best course of action for your treatment.  You can ask your doctor: Can you recommend additional resources that would help educate me about my disease and treatment.  What are my options for

More Breast Basics

120 seconds-Every 2 minutes a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer. Source:   Breast Cancer Research Foundation  2018 Despite what you've heard, there's no strong scientific evidence to suggest that any of the following are potentially dangerous: Bras, Hair dyes and Antiperspirants Source:  American Cancer Society (ACS) 2018 2000BC Earliest known case of

Breast Basics

1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime Source ACS 85% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have any family history of the disease. Don't blow off mammograms and your monthly self-exam just because the cancer doesn't seem to run in your family. Source: ACS Risk

Breast Cancer

6 symptoms to have checked (that aren't a lump) Breast pain Skin irritation or dimpling Breast swelling Thickening of nipple or skin Nipple abnormalities Nipple discharge Source: Family Circle May 2018 ACS (American Cancer Society) IF YOU LIKE THESE POSTS, PLEASE CONSIDER CLICKING THE DONATION BUTTON ABOVE. THANK YOU!  

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