Possible causes, risk factors, of breast cancer

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Possible causes, risk factors, of breast cancer

--Age (Women who are in their mid-thirties to their mid-forties have the highest escalating risk of breast cancer)

--Geography, race, genetics (Women of non-or less-industrialized countries have less breast cancer than women of industrialized countries...Geography IS risk factor for breast cancer if you live in an area polluted with industrial waste...ONLY 10 percent of breast cancer in Western industrialized countries can be attributed to genetic mutations that are passed down the generations.)

--Pregnancy (women who become pregnant before the age of 24 have as much as five times LESS risks of breast cancer later in life as women who have a child after the age of 30.)

--Removal of ovaries (Removal of the ovaries is "instant menopause" and results in a precipitous drop overnight in hormones. This reduces hormone levels and the associated risks of breast cancer, but at the same time predisposes a woman to serious health problems such as heart disease and osteoporosis.)

--Radiation (Radiation is one of the most potent risk factors for breast cancer, and its effects are cumulative. This means that the damage done to the breast tissue doesn't disappear with time: Each does of radiation to the breast adds to the last one.)

--Lumpy and painful breasts (It is clear that women who have a biopsy report that reads "severe atypical epithelial hyperplasia" ("hyperplasia" means that cells are dividing very rapidly, which is one of the signals that cancerous changes are taking place) have an increased risk of breast cancer.)

--Oral contraceptives given to teenagers (Use of oral contraceptives by teens is now an established risk factor for breast cancer).

--Conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy, HRT (Thanks to some major new studies clearly showing that conventional HRT does NOT protect against heart disease and it DOES increase the risk of breast cancer, doctors are starting to be a little more cautious about prescribing it)

--Diet (more calories=a greater number of free radicals in body=greater damage to tissue=higher incidence of breast cancer)

--Alcohol (Women who have more than one drink of alcohol per day have a higher risk of breast cancer)

--Exercise (Many studies point to the fact that moderate exercise reduces cancer risk, and breast cancer is no exception).

--Workplace hazards (Sweden conducted a huge study that followed well over a million women for almost 20 years to assess which occupations had the highest rates of breast cancer. The high-risk occupations include physicians, pharmacists, teachers, systems analysts and programmers, telephone operators, office switchboard operators, telegraph and radio operators, metal plates and coaters, and hairdressers and beauticians. Risk was also greater among women living in urban areas than it was among those in rural areas)

--Bras and Underarm antiperspirants (Common sense says that if you don't block lymph gland circulation from under your breasts with an underwire bra, it's going to be better for your breast health...Sweating through the skin is one of the primary ways that your body releases toxins, and your underarms are your most active sweating areas. Again, just plain common sense would tell you to avoid putting something under your arms every day that stops sweating altogether, as antiperspirants do, and that also contains myriad chemicals, which both antiperspirants and deodorants do.)

“What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Breast Cancer: How Hormone Balance Can Help Save Your Life”, John R. Lee, MD; David Zava, PhD; Virginia Hopkins

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