How exactly breast cancer develops is still very uncertain, but there are classic signs that point to its development. Some signs, also known as risk factors, can be found in almost everyone, and having some or all of them does not ensure the possibility of developing the disease. Just by judging by these signs, one can never really know if the cancer can develop, and they should never be the only yardstick in formulating your chances of getting breast cancer. Just like there are way too many factors in determining your risk of getting a car accident if you sit in a car, so many factors play a role in causing breast cancer that an exact cause is very tricky to blame.
A statistical and empirical fact is that, with age, the chances of getting the cancer increase. This is a very vital piece of information and can not be discarded. Statistics also show that your risk of getting breast cancer go up if your immediate family has a history of breast cancer, and thus scientists argue that breast cancer can be genetically transmitted, or is hereditary. Unanimously, no one agreed race plays a role here, but individual studies say contrasting things. Statistics show women who bear children late in life have a higher risk factor, but it’s also true that they’re older. Some men do get breast cancer, though their number is very low compared to the female victims.
A hot research topic is trying to determine whether contraceptive and preventive birth control measures increase the risk factor for breast cancer. This topic has been a favorite debating topic among researchers, but nothing can be said about it until more conclusive researches are done.
Alcohol is said to increase the risks considerably, but as it goes, alcohol can increase the risks for any type of cancer. Cutting down the number of alcoholic beverages you consume is a good idea, and if your risk factor is high, total abstinence from alcohol helps.
Obese people or people with weight and dietary issues have a higher risk factor, too. Obesity and weight problems degrade generals health and create problems in many organs, breast being one. The preventive measure is simply exercising more frequently, and more thoroughly. Prevention has a major role to play in the fight against breast cancer.
Like it’s said, the causes for getting breast cancer can be many and varied, and it’s not possible to understand the key factor that leads to it. However, there is a lot of research going on in this field, and someday, the key might be discovered. With that, we can prevent many women from getting ailed, diagnose lots of others early and save them from the misery of living through the disease, and cure so many others who could have just lost hope.