Breast cancer - 9 Important risk factors

Breast cancer is the leading cause of mortality among women. Take a look at some of the important risk factors that help prevent the occurrence of it.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women. When breast cells begin to grow abnormally and form into a hard lump or mass, they develop into breast cancer. The risk factors for breast cancer can be divided into – lifestyle and genetics.

Drinking alcohol – Few drinks a week can increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Alcohol can raise estrogen levels in the body, which is why it increases the risk.

Overweight or obese – Obesity can cause breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Too much fat in the body can raise estrogen levels. Besides this, overweight women tend to have higher blood insulin levels which further causes breast cancer.

Exercise – Higher the physical activity, the more fit your body is. Being physically active reduces the chances of breast cancer, especially in post-menopausal women. An adult woman should have 30 minutes of daily moderate to intense exercise that includes swimming, fast pace walking, and running. 

Late pregnancy – Women who never had children or had their first child after 30 years of age are at increased risk of contracting breast cancer.

Not breastfeeding – Breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast cancer. Breastfeeding makes the breast cells act normally and prevents any unwanted growth. Women who breastfeed their children had a 30% lower risk of breast cancer. 

Using hormonal birth control and hormonal birth therapy – Hormonal birth control like oral contraceptives, IUDs increase the risk of breast cancer. Hormone therapy for menopausal treatment with estrogen and progesterone treatment may help in the short term but in long term, it is linked with a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Having a family history of breast cancer – A history of breast cancer that runs in the family increases the risk in first-degree relatives by double.

Dense breast tissue – Breast are made up of fatty tissue, fibrous tissue, and glandular tissue. If the mammograms show less fatty tissues in your breast, it means your breasts are dense. This doubles the risk of developing it.

Radiation exposure – Frequent exposure of the chest to radiations at any time of your life increases the risk of developing breast cancer in later years of life.

Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice.  Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.


Tags : #Health #Breastcancer #Breastcancerriskfactors #Breastcancercauses #Breastcancerawareness #Cancer #Cancersurvivor #Preventbreastcancer #Medicircle #SmitaKumar

About the Author

Renu Gupta

With a background in Pharmacy which is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry, I had the desire to mix creativity to these fields. Medicircle provides me an avenue to apply my training in science and interest in creativity together.

View Profile

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...


Trending Now

Exploring the Link Between Covid-19 Vaccination and Sudden Cardiac Arrests: ICMR StudyNovember 22, 2023
Powering the Future: China's Biodegradable Wireless System for Bioelectronic InnovationNovember 22, 2023
IMS BHU Pioneers Advanced Cardiac Care: Unveiling Cutting-Edge Technologies for Precise DiagnosisNovember 18, 2023
Inito's $6 Million Boost: Transforming Women's Health with AI-Backed Fertility MonitoringNovember 18, 2023
Madras High Court Advocates for Equality: PG Medical Students to Receive Incentive Marks for COVID-19 DutyNovember 18, 2023
Next-Gen Healthcare: CarePods and AI Redefine the Patient ExperienceNovember 17, 2023
Air Quality Crisis: Alarming Rise in Premature Births Linked to Air Quality in Begusarai, BiharNovember 17, 2023
Limerick Contest-2023: A Celebration of Wit and PoetryNovember 17, 2023
IIIT-Hyderabad among top 100 institutions for 5G Use Case LabNovember 17, 2023
Powerful, motivating and inspiring talks marked TEDx Hyderabad Women 2023 which was held with the theme "Two Steps ForwardNovember 17, 2023
Speaking the Diagnosis: How AI in Voice Analysis Is Revolutionizing Diabetes DetectionNovember 17, 2023
FDA Approves Zepbound: A New Medication for Weight Loss by Eli LillyNovember 17, 2023
CoverSelf Raises $8.2 Million in Seed Funding to Revolutionize Healthcare Claims with Innovative Fintech PlatformNovember 16, 2023
From Miracle to Medic: The Extraordinary Journey of India's First Paediatric Liver Transplant RecipientNovember 16, 2023
Combatting Chikungunya: Valneva's Chikungunya Vaccine Cleared by USFDA, Eyes India LaunchNovember 16, 2023
Global Corporate Summit 2023 with the theme Unlocking Opportunities in a Dynamic World heldNovember 16, 2023
2nd IHub-Data Mobility Summit heldNovember 16, 2023
Revolutionary AI-powered technology detects multiple abdominal pathologies simultaneouslyNovember 16, 2023
1 Out of 3 Stroke Patients Suffer Long-Term Health Complications, Says NeurologistNovember 16, 2023
Amrita Hospital, Kochi, Launches App for People with Swallowing DifficultiesNovember 15, 2023