Cancer and Lifestyle

How to Prevent Breast Cancer Risk Factors?

Last updated on January 21st, 2023 at 11:58 am

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk, such as diet, regular exercise, timely screening etc.

What are the Breast Cancer Risk Factors?

Breast cancer, Just reading those words can make many women worry. And that’s natural. Nearly everyone knows someone touched by the disease.

But there is a lot of good news about breast cancer these days. Treatments keep getting better, and we know more than ever about ways to prevent the disease.

  1. Female gender itself, the reason being Estrogen. The female sex hormone that constantly influences growth and changes in the normal breast cells has a role in increasing the risk for Breast Cancer in women.
  2. Age; With increasing age, the risk of developing breast cancer rises from 0.44% for less than 30 age group to 3.5% for age more than 60.
  3. Family history of breast cancer wherein if a first-degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) has breast cancer or there is a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer in a first-degree relative at an age less than 50 years, then it is a strong risk predictor for breast cancer in future.
  4. Personnel history of breast cancer which means a treated patient of breast cancer is also at risk for developing breast cancer in the same or opposite breast in the future.
  5. Early menarche i.e. time to first menses and late menopause increases the duration of hormonal exposure to breasts thereby increasing the risk of breast cancer.
  6. Nulliparity i.e. not having children and lack of breastfeeding are the risk factors as pregnancy and breastfeeding reduce the number of menstrual cycles which helps in reducing hormonal exposure to breast tissues.
  7. History of biopsy for breast lumps with reports suggestive of ductal hyperplasia or carcinoma in situ which are Precancerous lesions which means they may progress to invasive breast cancer over a period of time.
  8. Obesity or overweight, as fat is the main source for female sex hormone. Estrogen which adds on to its exposure to breast especially after menopause when the ovaries stop producing hormones.
  9. Alcohol consumption and Cigarette smoking are considered to add on to the risk factors for breast cancer.
  10. Stress and Anxiety as it decreases immunity to fight against diseases.

How to Prevent Breast Cancer Risk Factors?

These 5 simple steps can help lower the risk of breast cancer. Not every one applies to every woman, but together they can have a big impact.

What Are The Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Now having known the risk factors, let us know what we can do to prevent Breast cancer by putting certain factors on check.

Regular Exercise

45 to 50 minutes of physical exercise at least 5 days a week will help control obesity and henceforth reducing breast cancer risk.

Balanced Diet

Low fat with plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding trans fats, processed meats, and smoked food helps prevention.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Pregnancy and breastfeeding as it reduces hormonal exposure to breast cells.

Avoiding prolonged hormonal exposure

Avoiding prolonged hormonal exposure like taking combined pills for more than 10 years.

Early screening

Early screening from the age of 25 years for individuals with first-degree relatives affected by Breast cancer.


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Do Not Forget Mammograms

Breast cancer screening with mammograms saves lives. It doesn’t help prevent cancer, but it can help find cancer early when it’s more treatable. Most women should get yearly mammograms starting at age 40.

Women at higher risk for breast cancer may need to start mammograms earlier. So, it’s best to talk to a doctor by age 30 about any breast cancer risk factors you may have and if you’d benefit from earlier screening.

Regularly doing breast self-exams is not recommended for screening. They haven’t been found to have benefit. But you should be familiar with your breasts and tell a healthcare provider right away if you notice any changes in how your breasts look or feel.

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