6 Breast Cancer Risk Factors That Can Be Controlled

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1. Weight

There are numerous risk factors for breast cancer that cannot be controlled, but also others that can be prevented by women. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of suffering from the disease and it is 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 the menopause, it is mainly produced by fatty tissue. Having more fat cells means that there is a higher production of estrogen, which can result in the development and growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers. For women who suffered from breast cancer, being overweight means having a higher risk of cancer recurrence.

Read more about how carbohydrates and being overweight can increase the risk of breast cancer.

Inês holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she specialized in blood vessel biology, blood stem cells, and cancer. Before that, she studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and worked as a research fellow at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias and Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Inês currently works as a Managing Science Editor, striving to deliver the latest scientific advances to patient communities in a clear and accurate manner.Inês currently works as a Managing Science Editor, striving to deliver the latest scientific advances to patient communities in a clear and accurate manner.
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Inês holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she specialized in blood vessel biology, blood stem cells, and cancer. Before that, she studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and worked as a research fellow at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias and Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Inês currently works as a Managing Science Editor, striving to deliver the latest scientific advances to patient communities in a clear and accurate manner.Inês currently works as a Managing Science Editor, striving to deliver the latest scientific advances to patient communities in a clear and accurate manner.
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