Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

A guide for breast cancer patients, their families and for those who care

  Risk Factors
        For
 Breast Cancer


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  • Breast Diseases
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    Breast cancer overview
          Breast cancer is a major medical problem in the United States as well all over the world. It is estimated that a total of 215, 990 women would be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States during 2004. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, next only to lung cancer. Breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women. Breast cancer is a major health problem all over the world as well. As per the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the world in the year 2004. This demonstrates the magnitude of the health problem associated with breast cancer.

    Risk factors for Breat Cancer
    Even though the exact cause of development of breast cancer is unknown, several factors that may contribute or hasten the development of breast cancer have been identified. Some of these factors are clearly shown to increase the risk of breast cancer, while the role of some other factors is not clearly documented. Risk factors for breast cancer can be broadly divided in to two groups. The first group consists of risk factors for which the individual has no control, otherwise known as non-modifiable risk factors. This would include risk factors like increasing age, female gender, genetic factors, family history of breast cancer, personal history of breast cancer, and race. The other group consists of factors that can be modified by the person, so that the risk of development of breast cancer can be decreased. Modifiable risk factors for breast cancer include smoking, alcohol consumption, use of hormonal replacement therapy, decreased physical activity, obesity, increased intake of animal fat. It must be realized that in almost three fourth of the patients who develop breast cancer, there are no identifiable predisposing factors. Now we will examine each of these risk factors for breast cancer in detail.

    Breast cancer risk factors : Gender
          Breast cancer is relatively uncommon in males. Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Race
          Caucasian women have overall higher risk of development of breast cancer. Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Geographic location
          Different countries in the world have varying incidence of breast cancer. Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast risk : Genetic factors
          Only about 5 percent of patients of those who develop breast cancer, will have one or more identifiable genetic risk factors. Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast risk : Family history of breast cancer
          Presence of a family member with breast cancer would increase the risk of.....Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Socio Economic Status
          he incidence of breast cancer is greater in women of higher socio-economic background. Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Left Vs Right Side
          Breast cancer tend to be more common on one side compared to the other side....Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Prior history of breast diseases
          Certain benign diseases of the breast in a woman is associated with increased risk...Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Prior personal history of breast cancer
          If a woman has previously developed breast cancer, this would significant increase her risk.....Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Menstrual and reproductive factors
          The risk of development of breast cancer appears to be related to the number of years of exposure to.....Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : History of radiation exposure
          Patients with Hodgkins disease who had been treated with radiation therapy is shown to have.....Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptive use
          A recent study has shown that post-menopausal hormone replacement is associated with....Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Obesity
          Obesity may produce alterations in the endogenous estrogen levels and this may in turn lead to....Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : High fat diet
          Some studies have suggested increased risk of breast cancer with intake of...Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

    Breast cancer risk factors : Alcohol intake
          Alcohol intake has been shown to ...Click on the above link to read more on this topic......

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