What Are The Key Dangers Of Breast Cancer

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As of the January 1, 2014, there are 7,607,230 women living in the United States that have cancer, and about 1.8 million (13%) of these women were diagnosed with breast cancer (“International Cancer Control”). While scientists continue to try and find a cure for every stage of this vicious disease, one in 36 women die from breast cancer, making it the second leading cause of death in female cancer patients “What are the Key Statistics About Breast Cancer?”). If scientists are working to hard to find cures, how are there still so many people all around the world still dying from this life-altering disease? “98% of women with early stage breast cancer are alive at five years after diagnosis. However, according to National Breast Cancer Coalition, …show more content…
First of all every man and woman should keep physically active, that way they do not become overweight. As long as people take a 30 minute walk 5 times a week, and/or maintain a body-mass index under 20, their chances or getting breast cancer significantly decreases. Researchers have also noticed that not smoking and drinking little or no alcohol can help. Third, if a woman bears children she should try and breast feed them as long as she can. Research shows that women who breast-feed their babies for up to a year in total, can reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. Lastly, men, but women especially should get regular breast cancer screenings. There are a couple different screenings and each one is specific for each patient. If someone has a strong family history of breast cancer or have had high-risk breast disease in the past there are more prevention options. First there are extra screenings. For some women, ultra sound or MRIs can add helpful data to constant mammogram screening. Second there are estrogen-blocking drugs which are for women with a family history, but should be talked about with a doctor before using the drug. Lastly is prophylactic surgery, this would remover the breast and/or ovaries. “Women who have had both breasts surgically removed reduce their risk of …show more content…
Besides causes there are also risk-factors that one must consider. These include alcohol use, obesity, radiation, and childbirth. Women who limit their alcohol use to less than 1-2 glasses of alcohol a day may lower their risk for getting breast cancer. Although the link from obesity to breast cancer is not completely understood, obese women tend to produce more estrogen which can assist the development of breast cancer. If radiation therapy was used as a child or young adult to treat cancer of the chest area, one might have a higher risk of getting breast cancer in the future. Lastly, as stated by the New York Times, “Women who have never had children or who had them only after age 30 have an increased risk of breast cancer. Being pregnant more than once or becoming pregnant at an early age reduces your risk of breast cancer” (“Breast Cancer”). With all of these causes and risk factors, it is important that people learn about these, that way people can lower their risks of receiving breast

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