Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Breast Cancer

Did you know...
that one in eight women will have breast cancer at some point in her life?

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors
Two of the major risk factors for breast cancer can’t be controlled: Age and genetics. Incidences of breast cancer dramatically increase with age. Those who have a family history of breast cancer or who carry the gene for breast cancer are also at a higher risk.

Modifiable Risk Factors

Other risk factors can be influenced by lifestyle choices:

* Age at First Pregnancy
Women who have their first child after age 30 are at greater risk.

* Hormone Replacement Therapy
Women who take post-menopausal estrogen supplementation are at a greater risk.

* Childless
Women who don’t have children have a higher risk.

* Alcohol Intake
Having more than one drink a day puts a woman at higher risk.

* Body Mass
A higher body mass means a higher risk.

* Exercise
There is some evidence that regular exercise lowers risk.
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