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Breast Cancer and its Risks

Breast Cancer is one of the dreadful diseases. There are some risk factors associated with it. Identifying the risk factors will help in early detection of the disease. This will further reduce the mortality rates.

Breast cancer is one of the common causes of cancer deaths in women. But, early diagnoses and intervention has greatly improved the survival rate to the greater extent. Therefore, it is important to spread awareness amongst women about its risk factors so that right prevention measures are taken. Awareness about the risk factors can also help in early diagnosis and treatment. Let us take a look at the risk factors associated with breast cancer.

What are the risk factors associated with breast cancer?

Here are some of the risk factors associated with breast cancer.

Highest Risk Factors

History of breast cancer in a close relative (mother or sister)
History of breast biopsy showing atypical cell growth

Other Risk Factors
  • First pregnancy after age 30 (late pregnancies), or no children

  • History of breast cancer in a distant relative (maternal aunt or grandmother)

  • Menstrual periods before age 12

  • History of fibrocystic breast disease

  • Obesity or a high-fat diet

  • Menopause after age 50

Should I be worried about breast cancer?

Breast cancer has accounted for over 17% of deaths in women.  Depending on its severity, there are five stages of breast cancer.

In stage I, where the lump cannot be felt but can be diagnosed by a mammogram, the 5-year survival rate is 95%.

In stage II, where the malignant lump has not spread to the lymph nodes under the arm but has remained localized to one breast and is smaller than 2 cm, the 5-year survival rate is 85%.

In stage III, where the growth of the lumps is 2-5 cm and the lumps have not spread to the lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 66%.

In stage IV, where the growth of the lumps is over 5 cm or the lumps have grown into the skin, the distant lymph nodes or into the chest wall, the 5-year survival rate is 41%.

In stage V, where the malignancy has spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 10%.

Can birth control pills cause breast cancer?

Birth control pills are widely used by women to prevent unwanted pregnancy and carry out family planning effectively. Such pills are also known to reduce to ovarian and uterine cancer. However, as per some research, birth control pills release certain hormones for preventing pregnancy due to which breast cells can be overstimulation which can increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Therefore, women who are high-risk candidates for developing breast cancer or women who have been already diagnosed with breast cancer should preferably stop using birth control pills after consulting their doctor.

How can I prevent breast cancer?

Here are some preventive steps that can be taken to avoid breast cancer.
  • Avoid smoking

  • Avoid taking alcoholic drinks

  • Exercise on daily basis

  • Eat healthy food

  • Make sure that you maintain healthy weight

  • Consider long-term breastfeeding

  • Plan pregnancy before you reach the age of 30

  • Do not undergo treatments that involve exposure to radiations unless necessary

  • Avoid undergoing hormone therapy and try natural ways to deal with the menopausal symptoms

  • Avoid going in extremely polluted areas as much as you can
Following a healthy lifestyle can not only help to prevent breast cancer but also other types of cancers and diseases. Therefore, aim at staying healthy and fit to prevent maximum amount of health disorders including breast cancer.

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Meenakshi.9 years ago
breast cancer is very common these days. its very important to go for regualr checkups to avoid it or atleast diagnose it in its first stage itself.
Michelle.9 years ago
breast cancer isn't anything to joke about my mother had it and it wasn't very pretty. breast cancer is very common and if you go get checkups on it and to see if you have it you should be fine.
Shea.9 years ago
i'm doing a report on breast cancer for my sixth grade class and so far on my reaserch it's a very sirious case.
ashley.9 years ago
you can die from it.
Jo Jo.9 years ago
its funny
Sharon.9 years ago
it is very important to get a second or even a third opion.i had my brest removed several years ago. the doctor said that my lump had cancer tenducies. so he said the best thing to do was to have my breast removed. and to have kemo as well. at the time i was going through a seperation and was confused and frightened. but it all was done and after all the test came back it was determaned that i didn't have cancer. so make sure you have many oppinions.
babitha.9 years ago
i have a daughter who is 3 yrs old.i breast feeded her for 7 months.but there is still some milk secretion in my breasts.will i get cancer
fiza.9 years ago
breast cancer very dangerous. from it you can die. you must get checkups to avoid it.
plunko.9 years ago
it herts
gita.9 years ago
i was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago at the age of 37. i am doing fine thanks to god and early detection. so please get screened. it really saves lives.
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