Breast cancer is a malignant tumor developed from cells of the breast and is one of the most common cancers affecting women today. At this time, as with any form of cancer, there has not been determined an exact cause of breast cancer, though we are making great strides in the right direction. That said, the latest research studies do point to several risks factors.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Age is a determining factor when it comes to women with breast cancer. The latest research studies have concluded that although there appears to be a high incident rate in women over the age of 50, this disease appears to be most aggressive in patients that fall within the age ranges of 25-50 years old. The following are lifestyle choices that appear to have a direct correlation with this disease:
- Women that smoke and drink alcohol increase their risk of developing breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is developed more frequently in older single women and married woman that have not given birth to children.
- Women who have given birth but have not breast fed their children.
- A link has been shown between Breast cancer and obesity and higher intake of saturated fatty acids
- The continuous or sequential uses of combined oestrogen plus progestin hormone therapy (CHT). Studies also show, women who have been using oral contraceptives for more than ten years are more vulnerable to the development of this disease.
- Menstrual cycle also appears to be a factor and should be considered; A common thread in breast cancer cases and women who have a longer menstrual cycle ( i.e. the onset of their menstrual cycle is earlier and cessation of menstruation is late.)
Unfortunately, women that have had breast cancer on one side have greater risk to develop cancer on the opposite side. If there are incidences of breast cancer in their families (mother, sisters and daughters), they are at greater risk as well.
We would be remiss not to also point out the correlation between abortion and breast cancer. Though there has not been a definitive study one way or the other, enough evidence has been revealed for us to continue to pursue this factor through study and research.