Cancer of the breast is the most common of all cancers in women and tends to afflict those who have a relative with breast cancer. However, there are many other factors which influence the development of cancer which you can do something about, unlike your genetic inheritance.
Factors Influencing The Development Of Breast Cancer
High fat consumption is a contributory factor. Toxins such as drugs, pesticides and herbicides are stored in animal fat and women who eat fatty meat obviously also consume these toxins, which are then stored in the fat tissue. Since fat amkes up a large proportion of breast tissue, a women's breast becomes a storehouse for toxins. Dietary fat stimulates the secretion of prolactin, a pituitary hormone, which may contribute to breast cancer.
Research has shown that obese women have a higher chance of developing breast cancer than other women, because estrogen is stored in body fat and estrogen contributes to breast cancer.
Low intake of vitamins A, C and E, selenium, folic acid, iron, zinc, magnesium have been shown to be linked with cancer.
Certain food substances, such as the nitrosamines derived from foods containing nitrites such aas bacon, hot dogs, salami and sausages, as well as saccharine and sugar intake can contribute to breast cancer.
Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils are also under suspicion.
Heavy drinking may contribute to breast cancer. Vegetarians have been shown to suffer less from breast cancer than meat eaters. This may be related to toxins in animal fats as well as to the fact that meat eaters have higher leves of prolactin than vegetarians.
Women who started taking the pill before the age of 25 and who took it for more than four or five years have been shown to have an increased risk of breast cancer. The same is true for women who took estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) for five to ten years or more.
Women who began their periods early and who had a late menopause, and those who have never had children, are more prone to breast cancer. Women who had their first child over the age of 30 are at higher risk than those who had their first child before the age of 22.
Women who have had cancer elsewhere, or in one breast, are more at risk. The incidence of breast cancer increases with age and is most common between the ages of 50 and 65.
Stress is also an important factor in breast cancer.
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Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !