6 Breast Cancer Risk Factors That Can Be Controlled

There are many breast cancer risks that are out of our control such as family history, pollution, genetics, and radiation treatment but equally, there are things you can avoid that will help decrease your chance of developing the disease. We've put together a list of breast cancer risk factors that can be controlled using information from breastcancer.org.

1. Weight

Being overweight or obese increases a person's risk of developing the disease, and luckily it's among the factors that can be controlled. Defined as having a body mass index (BMI) lower than 24.9, maintaining a healthy weight is particularly important after menopause. When women menstruate, the female sex hormone estrogen is produced in the ovaries but after menopause, it is mainly produced by fatty tissue. Having more fat cells means a higher production of estrogen, which can result in the development and growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers. For women who have recovered from breast cancer, being overweight leads to a higher risk of cancer recurrence.

2. Diet

A healthy diet is good for overall health but it can also play a role in the development of breast cancer. Although eating certain foods won't prevent breast cancer, eating unhealthy food is thought to contribute to the onset of about 30 to 40 percent of all cancers. Research has found that nutrients from foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes can increase energy and overall health, which helps to prev
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