Protective and Risk Factors
- Obesity increases the risk of breast, endometrial, colorectal, kidney, and esophageal cancer. (via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- The use of alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of getting breast cancer. Women who have one drink a day have a very small increased risk. Those who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1½ times the risk of women who drink no alcohol. (via American Cancer Society)
- People are 66% less likely to die from cancer if they engage in four healthy behaviors. Reduce your risk by not smoking, eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, and limiting alcohol consumption. (via National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III Mortality Study)
- Know Your Family History. A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer increases if her mother, sister, and/or daughter have been diagnosed with the disease, especially if they were diagnosed before age 50. Having a close male blood relative with breast cancer also increases a woman’s risk of developing the disease. (via National Cancer Institute)
- BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes known as tumor suppressors. Harmful mutations of these genes have been linked to hereditary breast cancer and ovarian cancer. (via National Cancer Institute)
Circle of Hope is sponsoring 21 Factoids in The Signal as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.