1 in 28 women is prone to suffer from breast cancer during her lifetime. Both men and women can develop breast cancer, but the risk is much higher for women. Breast Cancer occurs when cells in the breast area begin to grow in an unusual way, and start to multiply, causing those abnormal or cancerous cells to spread to other parts of the body. There are several reasons that can be attributed to the causes of breast cancer, such as genetic, hormones, lifestyle, or even environmental factors. Below we’ve listed out the top 10 causes of breast cancer in our lives that may increase the risk of getting the disease.
Certain types of cancers such as breast cancer are caused simply because the disease runs in the family. Gene mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2 greatly risk inheriting breast cancer. The reason may vary from smoking to obesity, which affects the functioning of certain genes. These genes may be passed down, or inherited by the offspring, increasing their risk of getting the disease.
Age and Gender
As mentioned above, both men and women can get the disease, but women have a greater likelihood of being diagnosed with breast cancer than men do. Also, the risk of breast cancer increases with age.
Personal Medical History
Women who have had breast cancer in the past, have greater chances of getting it again. If it existed in one breast, chances are that it may develop in the other breast as well.
Women who start their periods very early on in life i.e before the age of 12 have a greater risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
Beginning menopause later than usual increase a woman’s chances of being affected by breast cancer.
Physical Activity & Diet
Controlling your weight with physical activity at least 3-4 times per week and eating a healthy a wholesome diet has the potential to reduce breast cancer risk, obesity, as well as other health problem and heart diseases.
Women who give birth to a child at an age later than 30 years have an increased risk of getting breast cancer.
Never Been Pregnant
Women who have never been pregnant have a greater risk of developing breast cancer than women who have had one or more pregnancy do.
Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy
The consumption of hormone therapy medications that combine estrogen and progesterone to treat the signs and symptoms of menopause have an increased risk of breast cancer. The risk of breast cancer decreases when women stop taking these medications.
Exposure To Radiation
Exposure to radiation, be it radiation from harmful rays of the sun, or even artificial radiation that is done to treat certain medical conditions, may be a potential breast cancer cause.
While this list of top 10 causes of breast cancer is simply meant to add caution to our everyday lives, most of us would likely know someone suffering from breast cancer. In trying times like these, we shouldn’t let them fight alone because cancer doesn’t just exact its toll on a person’s health, but also on their finances. There are several ways to raise funds for breast cancer patients to get proper treatment, but if those fail to do the job, we need to look at alternative methods such as crowdfunding. If you or anyone you know is affected by the disease and needs treatment, help them raise funds for it, by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru today.