Risk Factors in Breast Cancer

While there isn’t one predominant cause of breast cancer, researchers have found certain links to the disease. Smoking, drinking, family history and race are risks that can’t be changed, but they can increase a person’s chances in its development. However, just because you have several of the risk factors associated with breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get the disease.
Factors That You Can’t Change
Exams, testing and fundraising methods can spread awareness and make it easier to catch at its early stages. However, there are certain risk factors that you can’t change such as autisms link to certain cancer genes. Breast cancer is most common in women than it is in men. As a woman ages, their chances for breast cancer significantly increases, especially after you reach menopause. If you have a family history such as a grandmother, mother, aunt or other blood relative, you may be at heightened levels for the disease to occur. Caucasian women have a greater rate of developing breast cancer than African American women. However, African-American women are more likely to die from it. Breast radiation early in life, menstrual cycles that start before the age of 12 and menopause after the age of 55 can also increase a person’s chances of breast cancer.
Lifestyle Choices
Breast Cancer Awareness Month and activities such as walks and runs can help bring awareness to the disease. Big companies such as Eggland’s Best have become ambassadors to the cause. In addition to helping spread the word by displaying the “pink ribbon” of hope on their marketable products, they’re also pledging donations to help with the cure. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help lessen your chances of breast cancer, but there aren’t any guarantees. You can adopt certain changes and precautions by minimizing your consumption of alcohol. As little as one drink per day can significantly raise your risk. That’s why it’s best to limit your consumption. Obesity and weight gain after menopause are other contributing factors that can lead to breast cancer. Eating a well-balanced diet and exercising can aid in a healthier and cancer-free existence. Studies have also shown other lifestyle changes that can put a person at risk include taking hormone therapy after menopause and birth control pills. Research has also shown that breastfeeding between 1 and 2 years can slightly lower a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer. With the many do’s and don’ts, education, preventative maintenance and talking with your physician can prove helpful. If you fall ill to the disease, support groups, clinics and seminars can provide guidance, comfort, and the chance at a better life.
Disproven and Less Clear Risk Factors
There are considerable gaps when it comes to research and breast cancer. While studies are still sketchy about certain findings, they do raise some questions in regards to what causes it. One theory that falls into this category is antiperspirant. Deodorants work to help the body block certain pores that produce underarm sweat. The primary ingredient that gives researchers concerns is aluminum. Whether it’s rolled, glided or sprayed, aluminum in antiperspirant may also prove harmful when absorbed.You can do your part by choosing something natural or organic. Breast cancer has also been thought to be linked to certain varying hormone levels. In addition to menopause and birth control, abortion can disrupt the body’s functioning. Similar to cancer, autism can involve irregular cell growth. The gene found in those with autism may also increase a person’s chances of kidney, brain and liver cancers. Other unclear risk factors include breast implants, bras and chemicals such as pesticides, cosmetics, plastics and products for personal hygiene.
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Don’t Ignore Your Health!

As a working mom, I’m usually the last person to see a doctor if I’m feeling under the weather. I’ve gone for weeks with terrible colds that almost became the flu or bronchitis and one time, thought I was having a heart attack and made my husband call 911 because I was experiencing shortness of breath and palpitations. Thankfully I was having an anxiety attack and not acute angina.
The reason I get so freaked out about my heart is because cardiovascular disease runs in my family – my dad had a heart attack two years ago and my grandfather died of a massive heart attack the year before I was born. Now I know I am only 39, but after a close friend lost her husband last year due to a sudden heart attack, I have been way more vigilant about the aches and chest pains I sometimes encounter after I’ve eaten some high cholesterol foods.
This morning, after meeting a friend for breakfast, I ordered an Irish Oatmeal and then proceeded to complain about the uncomfortable chest pain I had been dealing with that morning, she revealed how a former co-worker lost her own mother suddenly when she collapsed from a heart attack after complaining her jaw hurt. Considering I had never realized that jaw pain could be a warning sign for a heart attack, I decided to do a web search for symptoms relating to heart disease and I instantly found them at Real Age.
And for those of you who may have concerns about breast cancer, then check out Tracy Beckerman’s latest blog about her recent mammogram.
Now I don’t mean to scare you dear Role Mommies – I just want to make sure that while you’re busy pursuing your career and raising your kids, you don’t forget about taking care of yourself. Trust me, I’m the biggest offender but now I know if my jaw aches and I start getting nauseous, I may be paying a visit to my doctor stat.

October Fundraising Event for the Gal to Gal Foundation

Check out our latest update on the Gal to Gal Virtual Walk – we’ve got videos from celebrities who are participating in this unique fundraiser as well as an announcement regarding you can raise money for Gal to Gal and win goodies in the process by hosting a B.Y.O.L. (bring your own laptop) party. 

If you live in the tri-state area, you are cordially invited to attend a celebrity fundraiser on behalf of the Gal to Gal Foundation, assisting patients and families battling Stage IV breast cancer. CW11 Lifestyle reporter Tamsen Fadal, whose own mother lost her battle to breast cancer and VIP attendees include cast members from the CBS daytime drama “Guiding Light,” TV Guide Channel and YouTube’s PopTub entertainment host, Maria Sansone, Yahoo’s “The Thread” host and New York Magazine contributor Sarah Bernard, Today Show contributor, Jean Chatzky, Julie Morgenstern, Huffington Post editor in chief Betsy Morgan, reporters from WCBS and NBC and many more (don’t want to give away all our surprises)! Check out the invite below and if you’d like to attend, Click Here to order your tickets!

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