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Breast cancer affects one in every eight women in their lifetime – BMI Healthcare sets out the top three risk factors, and the top three protective factors associated with the disease.
Did you know that more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer than any other cancer in the UK? There are more than 50,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year – that’s one every ten minutes. And although rare in men, there are still some 350 male breast cancer diagnoses in the UK each year.
Early diagnosis can make a great deal of difference to people’s health outcomes which is why BMI Healthcare is keen to make sure that people across the UK know the top risk factors and top preventive factors associated with the disease.
A breast cancer diagnosis can be distressing for individuals and their families too. However, early detection means the most appropriate course of action can be taken.
We have put together a guide to encourage you to Be Breast Aware.
The three top risk factors associated with breast cancer are:
- Age – your risk increases with age, but this does not mean that it cannot affect younger people
- Family – you are at greater risk if an immediate family member (mother, sister or grandmother) has had breast cancer
- Genes – carrying the breast cancer genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 increases the likelihood of developing breast cancer
The top three preventive factors are:
- Being physically active – 30 minutes of exercise five times a week can lower your risk of developing breast cancer by 15% to 30%
- Diet – although it is difficult to be exact about the true impact of a healthy diet, research indicates that approximately 9% of cancer cases could be avoided by changing our diets
- Breast feeding – statistics show that mothers who breast feed are less likely to develop breast cancer than those who don’t.
We encourage everyone to be breast aware and to make time to check yourself regularly. Knowing your own body means that you will know what is normal for you and be able to identify any changes as early as possible, and to see your doctor if you have any worries or concerns.
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