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It’s Time To Recognize The Risk Factors Of Breast Cancer
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It’s Time to Recognize the Risk Factors Of Breast Cancer

A risk factor can be defined as anything that puts you at increased risk of developing breast cancer. The presence of risk factors is not a reason to believe that one has cancer. Having one or more risk factors doesn’t indicate the presence of cancer, but it requires you to be more vigilant about breast health.

The following risk factors can’t be changed by anyone but with these risk factors one can take special care of their breasts to detect the unusual changes earlier.

Gender: Gender is one of those risk factors that can’t be changed by a woman. Being female every woman has the risk of developing this deadly disease. In fact, women have more breast cells and these cells are continuously exposed to estrogen and progesterone that are considered as growth promoting hormones.

Age Factor: No woman can cut back her age as aging is a natural phenomenon. Most of the invasive breast cancers are found in women over 45.

Genes: Genetic risk factors play an important role to increase breast cancer risk. If BRCA1 and BRCA2 have inherited any mutation they can cause breast cancer. Generally these genes help prevent this cancer as they produce proteins that make the normal growth of breast cells possible and prevent abnormal growth.

Family History: If a woman has close relatives with this cancer they are more likely to develop it. If a close relative such as mother, sister and daughter has this cancer your risk is doubled. In case of two close relatives with this cancer increase your risk 3 to 4 times than normal.

Personal History: Personal history means a woman herself has had cancer earlier. It is different from recurrence of cancer.

Role of Race and Ethnicity: Your race and ethnicity also affects your risk of breast cancer. There are greater chances of being affected by this cancer for white women, but the death rate is higher in African American women due to breast cancer.

Dense Breast: If a woman has dense breast tissues her chances of developing the disease are higher comparatively. Dense breasts are difficult to screen through mammogram screening as well.

These risk factors are not controllable and are natural. One can’t change them, but regular screening and diagnostic tests become necessary for them to catch cancer earlier. In this breast cancer awareness month you can recognize the risk factors and educate others as well.


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